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Friday, 21 June, 2002, 08:27 GMT 09:27 UK

England-Brazil player ratings

BBC Sport Online rates both teams as Brazil beat England 2-1 in their semi-final clash in Shizuoka.


David Seaman
Must take the blame for Brazil's second goal. Nervous start, flapping at a corner. A sad end to his international career.

Danny Mills
Advanced forward more than opposite number Roberto Carlos. Crucial first-half clearance with Ronaldo lurking.

Rio Ferdinand
Alert, commanding, magnificent. Took no chances and did little wrong in the heart of England's defence.

Sol Campbell
Like Ferdinand, quick to read the play and superb marshalling the back four. Timed his tackles excellently.

Ashley Cole
Questionable positional play defensively. But made several surging runs forward.

David Beckham
Few opportunities to showcase his dead-ball skills. Linked play effectively and helped Mills handle Roberto Carlos.

Nicky Butt
Solid defensive shield. But - unlike in previous matches - made few telling passes going forward.

Paul Scholes
Made little impact. Passing was unusually poor and he seemed hesitant with several shooting opportunities.

Trevor Sinclair
Tried to keep Cafu busy and unselfishly dropped back when Cole pushed forward.

Michael Owen
The true predator. Scored his first opportunity with clinical precision. But had few sights of goal after that.

Emile Heskey
Caused real problems. Worked tirelessly to hold the ball and create space. Worried the Brazilians with pace and power.


Kieron Dyer
(Replaced Sinclair, 56 mins)
Tried to push forward but did not quite get into the game. Lost the ball several times.

Darius Vassell and Teddy Sheringham replaced Michael Owen and Ashley Cole after 79 minutes - but neither were able to make much impact on the game.


No chance with Owen's goal. Poor positioning - belongs to a long line of mediocre Brazilian goalkeepers.

The skipper tore forward as always, linking well with his forward players. Made life difficult for Ashley Cole.

His howler let Owen through for his goal. But quickly regained his composure and was solid in the second half.

Roque Junior
Ponderous defending by the flat-footed Brazilian. But he held firm as England launched long balls late on.

Looked great bringing the ball out of defence. But given a torrid time defensively by Heskey.

Roberto Carlos
Wayward from free-kicks and not at his best going forward. But still a menace who had to be watched.

Gilberto Silva
Had little impact on the game, leaving the attacking play to his illustrious peers.

Added some steel to midfield but offered little going forward. Thunderous first-half drive blocked by Campbell.

Magnificently composed left-footed equaliser. Saw a lot of the ball, always asking questions of England's defence.

Scored a sublime free-kick - if it was deliberate. Effortlessly set up Rivaldo's goal then unluckily sent-off.

Had a quiet game by his standards. Restricted to sporadic flashes of brilliance. Forced a save from Seaman after 19 minutes.


(Replaced Ronaldo, 70 mins)
Replaced Ronaldo, but like his team-mate struggled to get into the game.

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