Bellingham and Saka star as Kane goes from hero to penalty zero: England's World Cup winners, losers and ratings

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The Three Lions bowed out at the quarter-finals stages in Qatar after a tournament that raised the stocks of some but was forgettable for others

Football, at least for England's men's team, will not be coming home in 2022, as Gareth Southgate's side came up short in their bid to win a first World Cup since 1966.

The Three Lions bowed out on Saturday, losing to France in a quarter-final that they perhaps deserved to win after putting in an attacking display that belied their recent tournament showings in crunch matches.

Despite the earlier exit than they would have liked, there was a lot to appreciate about England's performances in Qatar, and there remains real hope for the future that this group of players can win a major tournament.

Questions remain, however, about their mentality when faced with the truly elite teams in world football, while Southgate himself is yet to commit to staying on for the European Championship in 2024.

But who were the big winners from England's time at the World Cup, and who will be leaveing with some regrets? GOAL breaks it all down...

  1. WINNER: Jude Bellingham
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    WINNER: Jude Bellingham

    What a tournament the teenager had!

    It was Bellingham who got things going for England when he broke the deadlock against Iran in their opening group-stage game and that set the tone for his performances throughout the remainder of the tournament.

    His maturity for a player so young was exceptional at times, and his ability to drive forward with the ball at his feet lit up games as England cruised through to the quarter-finals.

    His performance against Senegal in the last 16 was his stand out moment, and England fans should approach future tournaments full of belief knowing that they will have the Borussia Dortmund star in the heart of midfield for years to come.

  2. LOSER: Harry Kane

    LOSER: Harry Kane

    Kane did not disappoint with his performances. The England captain scored twice and picked up three assists during the Three Lions' run to the quarter-finals.

    He would have perhaps been targeting more goals before the tournament given he won the Golden Boot in Russia, but he certainly didn't under perform, and his displays in the two knockout games were exceptional.

    But unfortunately for Kane, his 2022 World Cup will now forever be defined by that penalty miss against France. It's something he is now going to have to live with and constantly be reminded of.

    The good thing for Kane is that he has shown in the past that he is strong enough mentally to cope with difficult moments, and he will have to call on all of that mental strength over the coming weeks.

  3. WINNER: Bukayo Saka

    WINNER: Bukayo Saka

    It felt before the World Cup that only Arsenal fans really appreciated the talent that Bukayo Saka possesses. That is not the case any more.

    Saka was superb for England, scoring three times and causing defenders all sorts of problems with his determination to take them on at all times.

    Saka gave France a torrid time in the quarter-final, and every member of Didier Deschamps' side would have been delighted to see him substituted 15 minutes from time.

    This was the Arsenal winger's first World Cup and he can go back to his club proud of what he achieved.

  4. LOSER: James Maddison
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    LOSER: James Maddison

    A lot of the talk ahead of the tournament centred around whether Southgate would opt to select the in-form Leicester City man.

    Ultimately he did, but Maddison did not get a minute of action in Qatar.

    He arrived with an injury suffered in Leicester's final Premier League game before the tournament and that saw him ruled out of the opening two group-stage matches.

    He did return to fitness, but played no part in any of the remaining games, with Southgate using his tried and tested players instead.

    We'll never know whether Maddison could have made a difference against France in the second half, but the question will now always be there.

  5. WINNER: Harry Maguire

    WINNER: Harry Maguire

    Maguire went into the tournament as the centre of attention following Gareth Southgate's controversial decision to include him in the squad despite the centre-back's lack of game time for Manchester United.

    The centre-back was, then, well aware of the scrutiny he was under and the criticism that would have come his way had he made a high-profile mistake.

    But despite all that pressure, Maguire was excellent throughout the tournament.

    He was impressive defensively, with England keeping three clean sheets, and he was always a threat when he went forward for set pieces.

    Mentally, this would have been a very difficult tournament for Maguire to approach, but he performed exceptionally and deserves a lot of credit for how he handled himself.

  6. LOSER: Conor Gallagher

    LOSER: Conor Gallagher

    The Chelsea attacker was Southgate's wildcard pick for the World Cup squad. No-one really expected him to make the final 26, but he did - with the England manager pointing to his ability to press the ball as one of the main reasons why.

    "There are going to be moments in these games where we need certain attributes and we feel he could be that sort of player," Southgate explained.

    But after all that, Gallagher was reduced to just being a spectator in Qatar. He did't feature at all, and while the tournament will have still been a good experience for the 22-year-old, he will no doubt have returned home disappointed that he didn't get to make a World Cup appearance for his country.

  7. England Ratings: Goalkeepers

    England Ratings: Goalkeepers

    Jordan Pickford (8/10):

    Another fine tournament for Pickford as England No.1. He made some big saves as vital times and kept three clean sheets from five appearances. Could perhaps have got down quicker for Aurelien Tchouameni's goal against France, but that's the only real slight criticism.

    Nick Pope (N/A):

    Didn't feature at all.

    Aaron Ramsdale (N/A):

    As above.

  8. Defenders
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    Kyle Walker (7/10):

    Was brought back into the starting XI after recovering from his pre-tournament injury and didn't let Southgate down with his performances. Coped really well with Kylian Mbappe against France, showing his class once again.

    Kieran Trippier (7/10):

    Filled in well for the injured Walker in the first couple of games and many could argue he was unlucky to lose his place in the starting XI. Always reliable.

    Harry Maguire (8/10):

    Excellent. He can take an awful lot of pride from his performances.

    John Stones (8/10):

    Formed a fine partnership with Maguire. Produced some excellent runs forward when needed to get the team going, showing again how important he is to England progressing the ball out from the back.

    Luke Shaw (8/10):

    Another player who went into the tournament with questions being asked about his form for Manchester United. But, just like Maguire, his performances rewarded Southgate for the faith he showed in him.

    Eric Dier (6/10):

    Couple of substitute appearances, but no real time to impress.

    Trent Alexander-Arnold (N/A):

    Only featured for 34 minutes as a substitute against Wales.

    Conor Coady (N/A):

    No game time at all.

    Ben White (N/A):

    Left the squad early due to personal reasons.

  9. Midfielders
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    Declan Rice (7/10):

    Perhaps not at his very best during the tournament, but not poor by any means.

    Jude Bellingham (9/10):

    The star of the show for England. What a talent. Exploded onto the world scene with his performances.

    Jordan Henderson (7/10):

    Brought into the side as the tournament progressed and didn't let anyone down. Scored the crucial first goal against Senegal.

    Mason Mount (6/10):

    Lost his place in the starting XI to Henderson. Average.

    Jack Grealish (6/10):

    Scored against Iran, but never really got enough time to make an impression whenever he was brought on.

    Kalvin Phillips (5/10):

    Couple of substitute appearances. Did get an assist for Rashford's second goal against Wales.

    James Maddison (N/A):

    Didn't get a single minute.

    Conor Gallagher (N/A):

    Left on the bench throughout.

  10. Forwards
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    Harry Kane (8/10):

    Two goals, three assists. Led the frontline expertly, but his tournament will be defined by the penalty miss against France.

    Bukayo Saka (9/10):

    Brilliant. Played for England just as he has been doing for Arsenal. Three goals and bundles of energy. Deserved more against France.

    Phil Foden (7/10):

    Showed flashes of his exceptional ability, but felt a bit wasted out wide. England could have done with him operating with freedom in the central areas.

    Marcus Rashford (8/10):

    A fine tournament for Rashford. Three goals which showed his quality. Back to his best.

    Raheem Sterling (7/10):

    Started with a goal against Iran, but had issues off the field that impacted his tournament. Had to fly home for a bit.

    Calum Wilson (5/10):

    Looked bright when he did get a chance, but only came off the bench twice. Got an assist against Iran.

  11. Manager


    Gareth Southgate (7/10):

    Southgate went into the World Cup under a lot of scrutiny following a poor run of performances, but he showed once again that he can take England deep into a major tournament.

    Yes, they didn't go as far as four years ago, but there is no shame in going out against France.

    England did look like they have progressed from previous tournaments and showed a lot more attacking intent. They were on the front foot against France and went toe-to-toe with the world champions.

    Southgate undoubtedly has the players on his side, but whether he has done enough to get the majority of the England fans back on side remains to be seen.

    Again, some of of his in-play substitutions could be called into question. He could have perhaps gone for the kill against France a bit more when England had them on the ropes and brought on someone like James Maddison for Jordan Henderson. His decision to instead take off Bukayo Saka for Raheem Sterling was also slightly baffling, given the problems the Arsenal man was causing.

    So questions do still remain over Southgate, but it's tough to say progress hasn't been made performance-wise for England. The tournament ended in disappointment once again, but they now look like they are a match for anybody in world football.