International round-up: Frustration for Wayne Rooney, Jesse Lingard produces lively display

by Leo Nieboer


Jesse LingardA sprightly, energetic force out wide all evening, clearly hellbent on bringing life to a largely insipid display from Gareth Southgate’s side. As always, the 23-year-old’s link up play and composure on the ball was promising, but was ultimately let-down by a lack of conviction in front of goal. Drew a fine save from Jan Oblak in the closing stages.

Wayne RooneyIntroduced with 18 minutes to go and couldn’t impose himself on the game. Deployed in the No.10 role, replacing Dele Alli, the 30-year-old’s distribution and awareness on the ball was substandard at best. A ferocious shot that skimmed just wide was his only eye-brow-raising contribution.

Marcus RashfordThrown on after 80 minutes (or, in other words, 80 minutes late), the youngster brought energy and vigour to the No.9 role, making some smart touches and turns, but was ultimately isolated up-front as England – once again – failed to generate any dynamism going forward.

Antonio ValenciaStruggled to mount a threat in the first half as Bolivia raced into a 2-0 lead. Led a sensational second-half comeback, however, acting as the nucleus of a dramatically improved display, which saw Ecuador respond with two goals of their own.

Sergio RomeroHad little to do aside from picking the ball out of his net after being beaten at the near post by Derlis González in the first half. Dealt with a couple of long range efforts from Oscar Romero and Angel Romero, but failed to provide any kind of conviction as Paraguay sealed a smash-and-grab win.

Marcos RojoCompletely at fault for Paraguay’s 18th minute goal. The left-back failed to track González’s run after he was released by Angel Romero on the right hand side, who went on to rifle home as Rojo struggled to keep up. Produced a largely immobile, shaky display and failed to meaningfully aid Argentina’s second half push for an equaliser.

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