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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 May, 2003, 21:50 GMT 22:50 UK
England and SA player ratings
Marks out of 10 for the England players following the friendly against South Africa.

David James: Had little to do in the first half apart from pick the ball out of his net. Replaced at the interval by Paul Robinson.

Danny Mills: Unlucky to give away the penalty for handball, though struggled to contain the impressive Buckley.

Phillip Neville: Given a real test by Fredericks and did little to suggest he is about to jump ahead of Ashley Cole or Wayne Bridge for the left-back role.

Rio Ferdinand: Often left looking uncomfortable by South Africa's quick attacks and withdrawn at the interval for Matthew Upson.

Gareth Southgate: Opted not to meet Nelson Mandela to ensure he prepared properly - a wise decision as he scored in the opening minute. The pick of England's players.

David Beckham: On the receiving end of some robust challenges - notably when he fractured his wrist after being tackled by Molefe.

Steven Gerrard: Unable to dominate the midfield in the face of some feisty resistance from Sibaya and Mokoena. Over ambitious with some of his passing.

Paul Scholes: Another subdued performance from one of England's most consistent peformers in the past. Rarely got hold of the ball and when he did struggled to link the play.

Trevor Sinclair: Like so many before him, died a long and painful death in England's graveyard position on the left.

Michael Owen: Had few chances, apart from one early on which he skied, though the Liverpool striker was let down by the poor service he received.

Emile Heskey: The Liverpool striker worked his socks off and scored his first international goal in nearly a year. His fifth goal in 33 appearances.


Paul Robinson (for David James): The Leeds goalkeeper did not have a save to make in the second half as the South African attack lost its impetus.

Matthew Upson (for Rio Ferdinand): Made some important clearances and looks a useful addition to Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad.

Jermaine Jenas (for David Beckham): Passed the ball quickly and simply after coming on for the England captain.

Frank Lampard (for Trevor Sinclair): Made an immediate impact as Baloyi fumbled his shot, allowing Heskey to restore England's lead.

Darius Vassell (for Emile Heskey Beckham): Unable to replicate the dramatic impact he had against Turkey, the Villa striker never really got into the game.

Gareth Barry (for Steven Gerrard ): Not on long enough to gain a rating.

Joe Cole (for Paul Scholes): Not on long enough to gain a rating.

Marks out of 10 for the South Africa players following the friendly against England.

Brian Baloyi: At fault for both England's goals, the South African goalkeeper's judgment and handling were poor throughout.

Mbulelo Mabizela: Solid defensively and made some good tackles, but did little in the attacking sense given England's weakness on the left.

Thabang Molefe: Put in some robust challenges, including a tackle which saw Beckham hurt his hand, and was booked for his efforts.

Aaron Mokoena: Never really got to grips with Heskey's strength and Owen's pace, with the former allowed the space to score England's winner.

Lucas Radebe: The Leeds defender's final game may have ended in defeat, but as ever the veteran turned in a solid performance.

MacBeth Sibaya: Deployed in the holding role, Sibaya made plenty of tackles and ensured England never controlled the midfield in the first half.

Tebeho Mokoena: A player with two good feet, Mokoena roamed the line with great effectiveness and got forward to support his forwards at every opportunity.

Stanton Fredericks: One of the South African-based players, Fredericks' skill and pace proved a real handful for Phil Neville.

Delron Buckley: Impressive performance from the Bochum midfielder, combining pace, vision and skill. Won the penalty for South Africa.

Shaun Bartlett: Led the line well and his aerial power gave England's defenders plenty to think about. Missed a great chance to score.

Benni McCarthy: Took the penalty with great aplomb, though his finishing at other stages lacked the same calmness.


Lesley Manyathela (for Benni McCarthy): Struggled to get into the match as England won control of midfield in the game's later stages.

Jabulani Mendu (for Tebeho Mokoena): Tried to make a nuisance of himself with some darting runs but not on long enough to make a real impact.

Clement Mazibuko (for Stanton Fredericks): Not on long enough to gain a rating.





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