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England 4-0 Moldova: Player Ratings

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England head into Tuesday's match in Kiev against Ukraine with a comfortable 4-0 win over whipping boys Moldova with Steven Gerrard, Rickie Lambert on the scoresheet while Danny Welbeck bagged a brace.

Manager Roy Hodgson was pleased with his sides performance, but rued the loss of Welbeck to suspension.

"The booking for Danny Welbeck has overshadowed the night, that's for sure," he said after the game.

"We were already very short of front players. I don't believe it was a yellow card offence, and the other one he got in Montenegro, we should have had a penalty and he was booked for diving.

"He's been unbelievably unfortunate. We have already lost Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge and it makes life difficult for us. It takes the gloss of a good team performance."

Here we assess each England players performance.

First Eleven:

Joe Hart: Largely a spectator in a match England completely dominated, but showed good composure when called on. 6.

Kyle Walker: On a few occasions quite careless in possession and out of position defensively, but displayed his explosive pace on the overlap while providing good delivery on a number of occasions. 6.

Phil Jagielka: Along with his centre back partner, Jagielka had little to do. A few awry passes here and there, but it made little difference. 6.

Gary Cahill: Again, little to do for the Chelsea man and the main thing in this game was his and Jagielka's distribution and retaining possession. Had a bit more to contend with in the second half, but still nullified Moldova's attacking threat, which was non-existent. 6.

Ashley Cole: The Chelsea man was a constant threat on the overlap and showed some good combination play with Welbeck on the left at times and found himself in attacking areas regularly in the first half. Little to do defensively. Subbed off in the second half. 6.

Steven Gerrard: Played as the pivot in a three man midfield with Wilshere and Lampard, but still managed a trademark 20 yard thunderbolt. Comfortable afternoon the England captain, but slightly disjointed in midfield alongside Lampard with the Liverpool talisman with a lack of urgency and pace in the game. Showcased his brilliant range of passing and delivery on a number of occasions. 8

Frank Lampard: Set up Gerrard's thunderbolt, but like Wilshere struggled to assert much influence in the second half, not offering much support or taking up positions for Gerrard to find him. Played a bit deeper in the second half which allowed a bit more fluidity  and cohesion in England's play. 6.

Jack Wilshere: Fluctuated with Lampard as the more offensive in the midfield three. Didn't see too much of the ball - not for the want of trying - and struggled to assert much authority on much of the first half, but started to pick up the ball and run at Moldova's defence towards the end of the first half and until he went off on the 60 minute mark. Effort must be commended. 6.

Theo Walcott: Showed promising signs early on with a good understanding ahead of Walker, but faded as the match wore one with a few misplaced passes and dispossession of the ball. Didn't display much threat at all in the second half becoming a largely anonymous figure. 5.

Rickie Lambert: Scored the second of the night due to some incessant England pressure with an easy cushioned header two yards out. Excellent combination play at times with the likes of Wilshere and particularly Walcott. Played a precise lofted through ball for Welbeck's goal, as well a well-weighted slide rule pass. Subbed off on the 70th minute, but a great performance from the 30 year-old. 8.

Danny Welbeck: The Manchester United man endured a frustrating first half playing wide left, summed up by a yellow card which rules him out of the game against Ukraine. However, only moments later he displayed a great first touch to take him past the keeper and strike the ball into an empty net. Got his brace in the second half early on with a lovely dinked shot. 7.

Subs:

Leighton Baines: Had an early shot on goal following his arrival in the second half. Nothing eye-catching from the coveted Everton player, but a solid display nonetheless. 6.

Ross Barkley: The midfielder made his England debut with 30 minutes to go. Deployed just ahead of Gerrard and Lampard, he displayed his enthusiasm and tenacity while going close the a rasping 20 yard effort. 6.

James Milner: Helped England to sure things up and offer more balance in midfield when taking Wellbeck's left-sided position. Missed a sitter on the volley with the last kick of the game. Little time to make an impact in a game England had coasted by his arrival however. 5.

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