England player ratings: Ollie Watkins struggles on frustrating night as Harry Kane proves his worth to Three Lions

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HARRY KANE stole the show as he helped England complete the year unbeaten.

The striker came off the bench to force an own-goal from Jani Atanasov and help his side come back from 1-0 down to draw against North Macedonia.

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Harry Kane made an instant impact when he came on[/caption]
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Ollie Watkins struggled to make an impression[/caption]

The whole performance showed similarities to the 2-0 win over Malta as the Three Lions lacked their normal fluency in the attack.

And as a result, England were only able to come out of the game with a 1-1 draw.

The result was enough to see England get themselves as the top seeds for the Euro 2024 draw.

SunSport’s Henry Tomlinson has given his ratings of the England players below…

Jordan Pickford – 6

It was not the busiest of games for Pickford. He did well to save Enis Bardhi‘s initial penalty and was unlucky with the rebound.

The Everton ace did well coming off his line to play as a sweeper and deal with long balls.

Kyle Walker – 6

On his captaincy debut, Walker helped control the backline.

He also got forward on occasion and offered an option to Bukayo Saka on the overlap.

Marc Guehi – 6

Guehi is known for quietly going about his business and tonight was another assured performance.

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He rarely put a foot wrong with the limited defending that he had to do.

Harry Maguire – 5

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Harry Maguire was questionable at times for England[/caption]

Maguire looked the shakiest member of the backline and almost cost England a goal with his error in the first half.

Rico Lewis – 7

Rico Lewis had a good game and was the victim of a harsh decision to give a penalty against him.

The decision seemed to add more life to the Man City prospect as he was determined to make amends.

Declan Rice – 6

A mixed showing from the Arsenal star.

Rice went close in the first half as he hit the post and linked up with play nicely.

However, he did appear to have some issues with the new turf at the Toše Proeski Arena.

Trent Alexander-Arnold 83′ – 6

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Trent Alexander-Arnold almost scored for England[/caption]

Once again picked to play in a midfield three, the Liverpool star looked a threat.

He drew a good stop before halftime but struggled to create many chances.

Phil Foden – 6

Given the chance to impress in the number ten role against by Gareth Southgate.

He looked good at times but often was unable to find the right pass.

Bukayo Saka 83′ – 6

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Bukayo Saka looked good on the wing[/caption]

Saka was a bright spark for England on the right-wing and often posed a threat.

However, like the rest of the team lacked that cutting edge at times.

Jack Grealish 83′ – 6

A solid showing from Grealish out on the left-wing.

He was unlucky to have a goal ruled out for offside and did look like one of England’s more dangerous players.

Ollie Watkins 58′ – 4

He struggled to get into the game at times and cut an isolated figure as his team-mates found it difficult to find him.

Watkins was hoping for “excitement” before the game but was subbed off before the hour mark with only 11 touches of the ball.

Subs

Harry Kane 58′ – 8

Kane might have started on the bench, but he showed why he is so important to the team.

The striker forced the own-goal equaliser with his first touch after being subbed on.

Cole Palmer 83′ – 6

Palmer was introduced late in place of Saka, but struggled to make a meaningful impression.

Marcus Rashford 83′ – 6

Like Palmer, he did not have long to impact the game.

Had a free-kick from 35 yards go very wide.

Kalvin Phillips 83′ – 6

Took up a spot in the midfield and pass the ball on when it came to him.

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