Player ratings: England v. Germany


LONDON — England and Germany put on a show at Wembley stadium in the last 16 of EURO 2020, and the player ratings reflect that.

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England scored twice late on to book their spot in the quarterfinals, as Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane delivered when their team needed them. Wembley stadium was rocking at full time.

Gareth Southgate and the Three Lions have beaten Germany in the knockout rounds of a major tournament for the first time since 1966, and the English fans went absolutely wild at the final whistle.

Below are marks out of 10 for both sets of players and more analysis on the England and Germany player ratings.

England player ratings

Jordan Pickford: 8 – Denied Werner brilliantly in the first half and did extremely well to deny Havertz early in the second. England’s player of the tournament, so far.

Kyle Walker: 7 – A little sloppy on the ball at times. Did okay at center back and tracked back well.

John Stones: 7 – Steady and calm on the ball and always looked in control.

Harry Maguire: 8 – See above. Had a few marauding runs forward and headed and cleared everything away. A real leader.

Kieran Trippier: 7 – Locked down Gosens on the flank, so did the job he was brought in to do. His set piece delivery was decent too.

Declan Rice: 7 – Booked early, but he had to take one for the team. Muller and Havertz caused him problems, but didn’t put a foot wrong after being booked.

Kalvin Phillips: 7 – Saw a lot of the ball and had some lovely clipped passes. A little naive positionally from a defensive point of view, but kept calm.

Luke Shaw: 7 – Tough battle against Kimmich but did okay defensively. On the ball he gave it away a lot early, but didn’t have many options. His cross for Sterling’s goal was perfect and then involved in Kane’s goal. Recovered really well.

Bukayo Saka: 7 – Once again he stood tall. Lovely runs, twists and turns to get England going in attack. Involved in everything England did well going forward. Subbed off in second half.

Raheem Sterling: 8 – Curled a shot from distance on target in the first half and scored the all-important first goal. Was always a threat. Worked back hard defensively too.

Harry Kane: 6 – Had a big chance just before half time but a heavy touch saw him totally fluff his lines. Kept going and is clearly lacking in confidence, but headed home the second late on to send Wembley wild.

Jack Grealish (69′ on for Saka): 8 – Changed the game. Helped make England’s first goal, then set up the second for Kane. What a game-changer!
Jordan Henderson (88′ on for Rice): N/A

Germany player ratings

Manuel Neuer: 7 – Great stop to deny Sterling in the first half. Steady throughout.

Matthias Ginter: 5 – Booked and struggled to contain Sterling when he cut inside.

Mats Hummels: 7 – Did well against Harry Kane in the one-on-one battle. Used all of his experience.

Antonio Rudiger: 6 – Solid and steady. Knows this England team well and tried to hold things together at the back.

Joshua Kimmich: 6 – Clipped in some lovely deliveries and linked up well when he got forward. Both balls came down his side late on though.

Leon Goretzka: 6 – Won a free kick right on the edge of the box early on with a driving run, but that was about it. Couldn’t get forward.

Toni Kroos: 6 – Sat in and protected the back three, but couldn’t get on the ball as much as he would have liked.

Robin Gosens: 5 – Couldn’t get into the game from an attacking perspective. Trippier nullified his threat. Booked.

Thomas Muller: 5 – Missed a huge chance to equalize. Very quiet but kept popping up in key areas behind Werner. Germany just couldn’t find him enough.

Kai Havertz: 7 – Lovely ball to set up Werner for a big chance and smashed a shot on goal which Pickford tipped over. Chelsea forward was lively throughout.

Timo Werner: 5 – Had a big chance saved in the first half and then took too long when played in during the second half.

Serge Gnabry (69′ on for Werner): 5 – Didn’t have a real impact.
Emre Can (87′ on for Ginter): N/A
Leroy Sane (87′ on for Gosens): N/A
Jamal Musiala (90′ on for Muller): N/A

England – Germany live analysis from Wembley – By Joe Prince-Wright

GOALLL! Harry Kane scores. He did it! England are in the quarterfinals of EURO 2020. Wembley has lost the plot.

WIDEEEEE! Thomas Muller was clean through on goal and just slotted wide. Massive chance for Germany to equalize after Sterling’s pass deflected straight to Muller. Can’t believe he didn’t score that.

GOALLLLL! Raheem Sterling puts England 1-0 up. Great play by Sterling initially to turn and run at Germany, then Grealish played it wide to Shaw who crosses for Sterling to slot home. Wembley just went absolutely bonkers!

SUBS: After a brief lull in the game, both teams make their first sub. Serge Gnabry on for Germany as he replaces Werner. Jack Grealish on for England, as he replaces Saka.

SAVE! Second half is underway and it starts with a really good stop from Jordan Pickford to tip over a powerful Kai Havertz effort. Germany dominating early in the second period.

CHANCE! Right on half time, Harry Kane has a great chance but his touch is heavy and takes it away from Saka. Huge opportunity for England to take the lead. The ball spun in Kane’s path and he should have hit it first time.

SAVEEE! What a stop from Jordan Pickford. Timo Werner set clean through by Havertz but Pickford races off his line and denies the Chelsea forward. Way too much space for Germany to operate in centrally. England has to sort that out.

OVER! Harry Maguire puts a header over the bar after a great cross from Kieran Trippier. England pressing for the opener.

SAVEEEE! Raheem Sterling cuts inside and drills a superb shot towards goal which Manuel Neuer pushes away. Much better from England after a shaky start. Harry Maguire then heads from the corner straight at Neuer. Bukayo Saka has been brilliant so far.

CHANCE! Germany ripping straight through the middle of England on several occasions early on, and Declan Rice is booked for taking down Goretzka right on the edge of the box. The free kick is blocked, but Germany look so dangerous.

KICK OFF! We are underway here at Wembley amid a real party atmosphere. The 40,000 crowd is largely made up of England fans, but Germany have a solid group of fans in one corner.

Germany have started better than England and look sharp in the tackle. Lively start here!

Prematch preamble: Hello from London! The scenes across the country and around Wembley stadium are epic.

England’s fans are ready to finally beat Germany in the knockout rounds of a major tournament for the first time since the 1966 World Cup final here at Wembley.

Germany and Joachim Low are here to cause an upset, and Die Mannschaft have been getting better throughout the tournament.

Gareth Southgate and his young side know if they can win today, the route to the semifinals and final (here at Wembley) has been blown wide open. They need Harry Kane to get going.

Here’s a look at the scenes around Wembley. England’s fans are fired up. On a Tuesday afternoon. It is wild here.

EURO 2024 qualification live! EURO qualifiers schedule, updates, standings


EURO 2024 qualifying is here, and you’re in the right spot for groups, fixtures, and results.

Italy outlasted England in penalty kicks to win EURO 2020 and is bidding to become the first repeat winner since Spain in 2008 and 2012.

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England is still seeking its first European Championship and will be favored to emerge from Group C with aforementioned Italy as well as Ukraine, North Macedonia, and Malta.

Netherlands and France are also in a spicy group that has dark horse Republic of Ireland and former champions Greece, as well as Gibraltar.

[ MORE: Live scores, updates, standings from EURO 2024 qualifying ]

A number of nations have guaranteed themselves no worse than a playoff spot due to their performances in the UEFA Nations League: Netherlands, Greece, Italy, Spain, Scotland, Georgia, Croatia, Turkey, Serbia, Kazakhstan.

EURO 2024 qualifying schedule

Thursday, March 23

Kazakhstan 1-2 Slovenia
Slovakia 0-0 Luxembourg
Italy 1-2 England – Video, player ratings as Kane breaks Rooney record
Denmark 3-1 Finland
Portugal 4-0 Liechtenstein
San Marino 0-2 Northern Ireland
North Macedonia 2-1 Malta
Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-0 Iceland

Friday, March 24

Bulgaria 0-1 Montenegro
Gibraltar 0-3 Greece
Moldova 1-1 Faroe Islands
Serbia 2-0 Lithuania
Austria 4-1 Azerbaijan
Sweden 0-3 Belgium
Czech Republic 3-1 Poland
France 4-0 Netherlands

Saturday, March 25

Scotland 3-0 Cyprus
Israel 1-1 Kosovo
Armenia 1-2 Turkey
Belarus 0-5 Switzerland
Spain 3-0 Norway
Croatia 1-0 Wales
Andorra 0-2 Romania

Sunday, March 26

Kazakhstan vs Denmark — 9am ET
England vs Ukraine — Noon ET
Liechtenstein vs Iceland — Noon ET
Slovenia vs San Marino — Noon ET
Slovakia vs Bosnia and Herzegovina — 2:45pm ET
Northern Ireland vs Finland — 2:45pm ET
Luxembourg vs Portugal — 2:45pm ET
Malta vs Italy — 2:45pm ET

Monday, March 27

Montenegro vs Serbia — 2:45pm ET
Netherlands vs Gibraltar — 2:45pm ET
Poland vs Albania — 2:45pm ET
Austria vs Estonia — 2:45pm ET
Sweden vs Azerbaijan — 2:45pm ET
Moldova vs Czech Republic — 2:45pm ET
Hungary vs Bulgaria — 2:45pm ET
Republic of Ireland vs France — 2:45pm ET

Tuesday, March 28

Georgia vs Norway — Noon ET
Wales vs Latvia — 2:45pm ET
Romania vs Belarus — 2:45pm ET
Switzerland vs Israel — 2:45pm ET
Kosovo vs Andorra — 2:45pm ET
Turkey vs Croatia — 2:45pm ET
Scotland vs Spain — 2:45pm ET

EURO 2024 qualifying standings

Group A


Group B

Republic of Ireland

Group C

North Macedonia

Group D


Group E

Czech Republic
Faroe Islands

Group F


Group G


Group H

Northern Ireland
San Marino

Group I


Group J

Bosnia and Herzegovina

USMNT kicks off 2026 World Cup cycle with 7-1 win in Grenada


The USMNT scored early and often, as they cruised to a 7-1 victory over Grenada in CONCACAF Nations League action in St. George’s on Friday.

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The victory puts the USMNT (7 points) atop Group D with one game left to play, against El Salvador (5 points – 2nd place) on Monday.

The Yanks got on the board in the 4th minute, and it was a sensational cross from Christian Pulisic which found Ricardo Pepi atop the six-yard box. Pepi used the considerable pace on Pulisic’s cross to head the ball down and out of goalkeeper Jason Belfon’s reach.

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Brenden Aaronson made it 2-0 in the 21st minute, as the Leeds attacker received the ball atop the 18-yard box, turned into open space and cut inside before firing a right-footed finish hard and low to the near post.

Weston McKennie made it 3-0 just after the half-hour mark, as he smashed an off-balance, left-footed volley home after his initial header on Pulisic’s free kick was blocked. Two minutes after Myles Hippolyte fired a laser past Matt Turner (a minute after McKennie’s first goal), the recently acquired Leeds midfielder struck again to make it 4-1, applying the final touch after Auston Trusty headed the ball down after another free kick from Pulisic.

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The USMNT jumped on Grenada just as quickly when the second half began, with Pulisic putting his name on the scoresheet in the 49th minute. Luca de la Torre found Pulisic cutting in from the left wing, and the ball somehow found its way past Belfon for 5-1.

Four minutes later, De la Torre played a slightly trickier through ball to spring Pepi in behind the Grenadine defense, and Pepi made no mistake with his one-on-one chance against Belfon. Pepi, who is currently on loan to Groningen from Augsburg, waited for the goalkeeper to go down one way and coolly slotted the ball the other way.

Alejandro Zendejas, who recently elected to represent the USMNT internationally, became cap-tied to the USMNT when he came off the bench in the 64th minute. Eight minutes later, the 25-year-old winger got his first senior international goal.

Start of a new World Cup cycle = a clean slate

For all intents and purposes, the USMNT kicked off the 2026 World Cup cycle on Friday, with the first team reconvening for the first time since the 2022 tournament in Qatar. A new World Cup cycle means brand new opportunities for new players, and a fresh start for those who didn’t get the starts or appearances that they thought they should have.

The net will be cast far and wide as the rest of 2023 sees the USMNT (likely) head to the finals of the Nations League and then the Gold Cup, with a handful of players seemingly coming from out of nowhere to claim consistent call-ups ahead of Copa America 2024 (on U.S. soil once again). There will be even more opportunities than usual for fringe players to make a case, with the Yanks automatically qualifying for the 2026 tournament as hosts.

What’s next?

The USMNT will host El Salvador in a winner-take-all Group D finale on Monday (7:30 pm ET), at Exploria Stadium in Orlando. The group winner will qualify for the finals (four teams) of the 2022-23 CONCACAF Nations League (June 15-18) as well as the 2023 Gold Cup (June 24-July 16); the group runners-up will also qualify for this summer’s Gold Cup.

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How to watch Grenada vs USMNT live, stream link and start time

Kick off: 8pm ET, Friday (March 24)
Stadium: Kirani James Athletic Stadium, St. George’s
TV in English: TNT
TV/streaming en Español: Universo/Peacock

[ LIVE: CONCACAF Nations League scores – Grenada vs USMNT ]

USMNT squad

Goalkeepers (3): Ethan Horvath (Luton Town), Zack Steffen (Middlesbrough), Matt Turner (Arsenal)

Defenders (8): Sergino Dest (AC Milan), Mark McKenzie (Genk), Tim Ream (Fulham), Bryan Reynolds (Westerlo), Antonee Robinson (Fulham), Miles Robinson (Atlanta United), Joe Scally (Borussia Monchengladbach), Auston Trusty (Birmingham City)

Midfielders (7): Brenden Aaronson (Leeds United), Johnny Cardoso (Internacional), Luca de la Torre (Celta Vigo), Weston McKennie (Leeds United), Yunus Musah (Valencia), Alan Sonora (Juarez), Djordje Mihailovic (AZ Alkmaar)

Forwards (6): Taylor Booth (Utrecht), Daryl Dike (West Bromwich Albion), Ricardo Pepi (Groningen), Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), Gio Reyna (Borussia Dortmund), Alejandro Zendejas (Club America)

EDIT: Tim Weah (Lille) was originally called up, but exited due to a head injury.

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USMNT upcoming schedule – Nations League, friendlies, Gold Cup


After reaching the last 16 of the 2022 World Cup, the USMNT have a big 2023 coming up as they aim to build off a successful showing on the world’s biggest stage.

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For the next few months CONCACAF Nations League takes center stage, while the program is very much in transition as Anthony Hudson takes temporary charge and both the general manager (Brian McBride) and sporting director (Earnie Stewart) left in recent months.

[ MORE: USMNT roster for Nations League features Gio Reyna, no Tyler Adams ]

As for now, here is the USMNT’s upcoming schedule for 2023, with plenty more games to be added based on their potential qualification for the 2023 Gold Cup on home soil.

How to watch USMNT

TV channels in English: HBO Max, TNT
TV channels en Español:
Universo, Telemundo Deportes
Streaming en Español: Peacock

USMNT upcoming schedule

* Friendly | ** CONCACAF Nations League | *** 2022 World Cup


vs. Serbia* — Jan. 25, 10 pm ET — Loss 2-1 | Recap & highlights
vs. Colombia* — Jan. 28, 7:30 pm ET — Draw 0-0 | Recap & highlights
at Grenada** — March 24, 8 pm ET — Won 7-1 | Recap & highlights + Player ratings
vs El Salvador** — March 27, 7:30pm ET — Orlando, Florida
vs Mexico* — April 19, 10:22pm ET — Glendale, Arizona – More details

2023 Gold Cup from June 16 to July 19 (USMNT yet to qualify)

USMNT games in 2022

vs. Morocco* — June 1 — Win 3-0
vs. Uruguay* — June 5 — Draw 0-0
vs. Grenada** — June 10 — Win 5-0
at El Salvador** — June 14 — Draw 1-1
vs Japan* — Sept. 23 (in Dusseldorf, Germany) — Loss 2-0
vs Saudi Arabia* — Sept. 27 (in Murcia, Spain) — Draw 0-0

USMNT at 2022 World Cup

Group B
vs. Wales*** — Nov. 21, 2 pm ET — Draw 1-1
vs. England*** — Nov. 25, 2 pm ET — Draw 0-0
vs. Iran*** — Nov. 29, 2 pm ET — Win 1-0

Last 16
vs. Netherlands*** — Dec. 3, 10 am ET — Loss 3-1

USMNT 2022 World Cup qualifying scores, recaps, analysis

at El Salvador — Sept. 2Draw 0-0
vs. Canada — Sept. 5 — Draw 1-1
at Honduras — Sept. 8 — Win 4-1

vs. Jamaica — Oct. 7 — Win 1-0
at Panama — Oct. 10 — Loss 0-1
vs. Costa Rica — Oct. 13 — Win 2-1

vs. Mexico — Nov. 12 — Win 2-0
at Jamaica — Nov. 16 — Draw 1-1

vs. El Salvador — Jan. 27 — Win 1-0
at Canada — Jan. 30 — Loss 0-2
vs. Honduras — Feb. 2 — Win 3-0

at Mexico — March 24 — Draw 0-0 
vs. Panama — March 27 — Win 5-1
at Costa Rica — March 30 — Loss 0-2 

Final CONCACAF World Cup qualifying standings

Canada — 28 points – (QUALIFIED) GD +16 – automatic qualification
Mexico — 28 points (QUALIFIED) GD +9 – automatic qualification
USMNT — 25 points – (QUALIFIED) GD +11 – automatic qualification

Costa Rica — 25 points (PLAYOFF) GD +5

Panama — 21 points (ELIMINATED)
Jamaica — 14 points (ELIMINATED)
El Salvador — 10 points (ELIMINATED)
Honduras — 4 points (ELIMINATED)

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Player ratings: USMNT thumps Grenada in Nations League


The USMNT kicked off the 2026 World Cup cycle as the Yanks reconvened (the first team, at least) for the first time since the 2022 tournament in Qatar, in a 7-1 victory Grenada on Friday.

[ MORE: Folarin Balogun to USMNT? “It’s something that will come to me” ]

Who stood out (for better and for worse) as the USMNT thumped Grenada?

USMNT player ratings vs Grenada

GK – Matt Turner: 6 – Faced just three shots on target (0.36 xG), made two saves and watched helplessly as a screamer from outside the box hit the back of the net.

RB – Bryan Reynolds: 6.5 – The USMNT focused the vast majority of its attacking play down the left side of the field, making Reynolds the target of a handful of cross-field switches as he played the full 90 minutes.

CB – Mark McKenzie: 7 – Teamed up with his former center back partner from his Philadelphia Union days, McKenzie was tasked with being far and away the senior figure and leader of the defense on Friday (his 10 caps were four more than the rest of the back-four combined).

CB – Auston Trusty: 7 – A solid performance in his USMNT debut for the 24-year-old Arsenal defender (on loan to Birmingham City, where he has appeared in 37 games in the Championship thus far). With nearly 70 percent of possession on the night, there aren’t many better opportunities to get your feet wet at the senior international level.

LB – Joe Scally: 7.5 – Do not get overly excited about a 20-year-old’s performance against Grenada. I repeat, do not get overly excited about a 20-year-old’s performance against Grenada. That said, does the USMNT have… two left backs?

DM – Luca de la Torre: 7 – It would be unwise to assign too much value to a game that finished 7-1 against the no. 173-ranked nation in the world, but one thing is for certain and has been proven on a number of occasions: LdlT is a smooth operator as a ball-playing defensive midfielder, and he showed himself quite capable further up the field, in and around the opposing penalty area, on Friday as well.

CM – Weston McKennie: 8 – Two goals (both off of free kicks) for the newly acquired Leeds midfielder, which would be an incredibly welcome development for a side that hasn’t made enough of its set pieces in recent times.

CM – Gio Reyna: 6.5 – This was the solid, if unspectacular, return that Reyna needed after weeks of off-field controversy surround himself, his family and former (but perhaps future) head coach Gregg Berhalter. There were plenty of fireworks elsewhere in the team on Friday, and Reyna managed to come through the game unscathed.

RW – Brenden Aaronson: 7 – It’s been a tough first season in the Premier League for Aaronson, so his first-half goal will hopefully provide a much-needed boost in confidence (his first goal, for club or country, in any competition, since Aug. 21, his third game for Leeds).

CF – Ricardo Pepi: 8 – Aside from scoring the opening goal, Pepi was active and involved in much of what the USMNT tried to do going forward in the first half. Given how deep Grenada sat defensively to begin the game, the Yanks could have taken the easy way out — staying wide and crossing the ball repeatedly — every time down the field, but there appeared to be a concerted effort to combine through the middle of the field, which meant Pepi had to be sharp and quick with his movement to create space for Reyna, Aaronson and Christian Pulisic. Speaking of building confidence, how about the finish for his second goal…

LW – Christian Pulisic: 8 – Ho hum. Just a one-goal, two-assist performance from Pulisic. As previously discussed, the USMNT found infinite joy down the left side of attack and Pulisic was at the center of most of it (for 64 minutes, at least).

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