England did not enjoy a good night in their second World Cup group game against the USA, coming away with only a point after a boring match which saw few chances created by either side.

On Friday night, the USA claimed their first cleansheet against a European nation in 18 matches and 72 years of trying.

Their last one was in a 1-0 win over the same opponents in 1950.

If you look at player ratings from the match that are based solely on stats and contributions to the game, Bukayo Saka got a 6.4.

It was far from his best evening, but he was not alone.

England vs USA player ratings
England vs USA player ratings via fotmob

UK journalists, especially ones who write for the likes of the Mail, don’t tend to give out super-low ratings to England players unless they’ve had a really atrocious night (unlike, say L’Equipe, who are brutal regardless), so it was something of a surprise to see fours handed out.

The Mail gave out two fours from England’s performance against the USA – one to Bukayo Saka and the other to Raheem Sterling.

They also gave Gareth Southgate a four.

The player they rated the highest from England was Harry Maguire with a six.

Daily Mail England vs USA player ratings., 26 November 2022
Daily Mail England vs USA player ratings., 26 November 2022

Mason Mount was named official Man of the Match, but he only gets a 4.5 here.

Out of curiosity, I had a look at the ratings L’Equipe delivered for the same game and they weren’t too far off what the Mail came up with.

As expected, however, they gave out a lot more fours, but they also had Maguire as the best English player.

The USA midfield all rated higher with sevens.

England vs USA player ratings from L'Equipe
England vs USA player ratings from L’Equipe

Next up for England is a game against Wales who were even worse in their second group game.