England player ratings: Terry Butcher's verdict on Malta match

England interim manager Gareth Southgate celebrates his team's second goal

Gareth Southgate marked his first game as England interim manager with a 2-0 win over Malta at Wembley on Saturday.

First-half goals from Daniel Sturridge and Dele Alli sealed victory for the Three Lions, as they secured a second successive victory in the World Cup Euro Qualifiers to move to the top of Group F.
Daniel Sturridge celebrates with team mates after scoring the opening goal of the game
Image: Daniel Sturridge celebrates with team-mates after scoring the opening goal of the game

So how did Southgate's side - and indeed the man himself - fare at Wembley? Who performed well and who could have done better?

We asked former England captain Terry Butcher to give us his ratings out of 10...
Interim boss Gareth Southgate
Image: Gareth Southgate enjoyed a comfortable debut as interim boss

Gareth Southgate - 7

I think it was a good first half for him - his side could have scored six or seven goals quite comfortably in the game and, I don't know what he said at half-time, but England came out in the second half and they didn't fire on all cylinders like they did in the first. He'll be disappointed.

Joe Hart had a quiet game
Image: Joe Hart had very little to do as England dominated proceedings at Wembley

Joe Hart - 7

I think he touched the ball about five times and had very little to do, so I would give him a seven out of ten on that.

during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Group F match between England and Malta at Wembley Stadium on October 8, 2016 in London, England.
Image: Kyle Walker's performance impressed Terry Butcher

Kyle Walker - 8

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He got forward well - better than the two left-backs that played - but it's just his final ball that's not quite right. He was England's best attacker from the back four.
Gary Cahill wins a header up against Alfred Effiong
Image: Gary Cahill wins a header up against Alfred Effiong

Gary Cahill - 6.5

He didn't have a lot to do in the game. He was feeding the ball out to his full-backs. He had one good chance but missed and wasn't really tested.
John Stones holds off pressure from Alfred Effiong
Image: John Stones holds off pressure from Alfred Effiong

John Stones - 6.5

The centre-halves weren't really troubled in the game and he really didn't get forward because it was just too easy for England.
Ryan Bertrand was taken off after pulling his hamstring in the first half
Image: Ryan Bertrand was forced off after pulling his hamstring in the first half

Ryan Bertrand - 4

He got injured in the first half so didn't do enough to get a high mark. Before he went off he didn't really get on the ball and he's not had that many games this season so could have done with a run-out but unfortunately that injury looks like he will be out for some time.

Dele Alli scored England's second goal against Malta
Image: Dele Alli scored England's second goal against Malta

Dele Alli - 7.5

He scored a good goal and missed a couple of other really good chances but looks very comfortable in the number 10 role.
Jordan Henderson
Image: Jordan Henderson was Terry Butcher's star performer

Jordan Henderson - 9

He was the stand-out performer today. He made the two goals. A great cross to Sturridge for the first and a great run and layoff to Alli for the second. He was the best passer on the pitch.  
Wayne Rooney
Image: Wayne Rooney played in a midfield role

Wayne Rooney - 7

He was disappointing for me. Very deep in midfield, didn't really get forward and just coasted through the game. He tried a couple of passes that didn't come off and that's not his best position, for me. 

Theo Walcott is fouled by Zach Muscat of Malta
Image: Theo Walcott is fouled by Zach Muscat of Malta

Theo Walcott - 6.5

He didn't get into the game as much as Lingard or Sturridge. He had a really good chance in the second half on his wrong foot, missed and then was substituted.
Daniel Sturridge scored England's first goal
Image: Daniel Sturridge scored England's first goal with a header just before the half-hour mark

Daniel Sturridge - 8

I was impressed with him. A great touch in the box and a fantastic first goal with a brilliant header and looked lively. It was his type of game today.

Jesse Lingard made his England debut
Image: Jesse Lingard made his England debut in their victory over Malta

Jesse Lingard - 7.5

I thought it was an impressive debut. He showed good pace, good timing of his runs and should have scored as well. I thought he settled in really well to international football.

Substitutes

Danny Rose is held back by Bjorn Kristensen
Image: Danny Rose is held back by Bjorn Kristensen

Danny Rose - 6.5

He did well when he came on and probably wasn't expecting to play but got forward well, it's just the final ball.
 Marcus Rashford holds off pressure from Alex Muscat
Image: Marcus Rashford holds off pressure from Alex Muscat

Marcus Rashford - 4

I can only give him four because he really didn't get into the game as much. He played on the left, he played on the right but didn't play through the middle which is probably his best position. It was good to see him involved.

Image: Jamie Vardy came on for Daniel Sturridge in the 74th minute

Jamie Vardy - 4

He hardly touched the ball. Never really got into positions that he does for Leicester. It wasn't really his type of game tonight. 

The England team pose for the cameras prior to kickoff
Image: The England team pose for the cameras prior to kickoff

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