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Saturday, 7 September, 2002, 16:59 GMT 17:59 UK
England player ratings
Nicky Butt congratulates a jubilant Alan Smith
Goalscorer Smith was England's finest player
BBC Sport Online rates England's player's in the 1-1 draw in the friendly match against Portugal.

David James

Flapped at Nuno Gomes' second-half header and did not look like the commanding presence England require in goal.

Danny Mills

Last-ditch saving tackle on Simao demonstrated his alert defending, also looked quite incisive attacking on the overlap.

Rio Ferdinand

Formed a tight partnership with Southgate, looked as assured as ever without really being tested.

Gareth Southgate

Solid defending, measured distribution and went close to scoring from Murphy's free-kick.

Ashley Cole

Foraging runs caught the eye but was sometimes exposed by the speed of Portugal's passing as he tried to track back.

Lee Bowyer

Fairly low-key debut, could have done better with an early effort on goal but his cross for Smith rivalled David Beckham's accuracy.

Nicky Butt

Began strongly and was instrumental in moving England forward, though his influence waned as the match progressed.

Steven Gerrard

Not his usual dominant self, provided little inspiration and lacked the drive normally associated with his play.

Emile Heskey

Powerful presence, used pace and strength to good effect - problem left side may have a Heskey-shaped solution.

Alan Smith

Typically tenacious, held the ball up superbly to link midfield and attack and showed he can finish too with a glorious diving header.

Michael Owen

Stand-in skipper led from the front, full of running and demonstrated his ability to create a chance as well as take one.


Substitutes:

Wayne Bridge

England's left back options look strong with Bridge stepping into Ashley Cole's shoes seamlessly.

Jonathon Woodgate

Looked slightly tentative, but no glaring errors on his return after a lengthy absence from the England team.

Joe Cole

Deft touches and tricks - as expected - but still failed to stake a convincing claim for a starting midfield berth.

Owen Hargreaves

Replaced Mills at right back but his inexperience in the position was in evidence when Portugal scored.

Danny Murphy

Struggled to get a grip in midfield as Portugal kept possession and found it hard to make an impact.

David Dunn

Had 45 minutes to make an impression, but failed to take his club form onto the international stage.

Trevor Sinclair

Another who gave an adequate performance but did not set the game alight.

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