England vs Germany, Euro 2022 final player ratings: Mary Earps stars as substitutes steal the show again

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England vs Germany, Euro 2022 final player ratings: Mary Earps stars and substitutes steal the show - REUTERS
England vs Germany, Euro 2022 final player ratings: Mary Earps stars and substitutes steal the show - REUTERS

England's Euro 2022 dream became reality as substitute Chloe Kelly's extra-time finish saw the Lionesses beat Germany and secure the first major trophy in their history.

Here's how Telegraph Sport rated the players on a historic day in front of a record-breaking crowd at Wembley.

England

Mary Earps -10/10

Was phenomenal and my player of the match. Somehow got her arms around the ball when havoc ensued after a corner in the first half. Stopped Schuller, despite getting a boot to the shoulder and then made the double save of the tournament: a fingertip to Magull’s rocket and then Schuller’s shot off the rebound. 
Telegraph reader rating: 9.09

Lucy Bronze - 9/10

Bronze has sometimes been criticised for leaving space behind her, but the right-back knew her assignment today was not to be the hero up front, but to contain Germany’s wide threats.  Her header in the early stages to block Dabritz’s effort from range was crucial, as was her well-tracked interception of substitute Dallmann in the box. 
Telegraph reader rating: 8.20

Millie Bright - 7/10

Looked slower than she has throughout this tournament but held together England’s defensive line, even when it was not pretty. 
Telegraph reader rating: 7.63

Leah Williamson - 8/10

Williamson made important interceptions, was great in the air throughout Germany’s set pieces but was caught out of position for the equaliser, as she tried to cover for Daly. 
Telegraph reader rating: 8.27

Leah Williamson led by example - GETTY IMAGES
Leah Williamson led by example - GETTY IMAGES

Rachel Daly - 7/10

Held her own as the action got fiery, but was drawn towards the ball in the build up to Germany’s equaliser, leaving Wassmuth free to make the decisive pass into Magull. 
Telegraph reader rating: 7.47

Georgia Stanway - 7/10

A harsh yellow for a first-half tackle meant Stanway had to watch herself when pressing the relentless Germans, but she took a few undue risks amid some of the thunderous tackling going on. Spent more time doing key defensive work in this match. 
Telegraph reader rating: 7.44

Keira Walsh - 9/10

Coped incredibly well with the constant pressure, in particular for Magull who was on her shoulder for much of the match. Then, against the run of play, proved again how her vision remains out of this world to pick out Toone with a long through ball for the opening goal. 
Telegraph reader rating: 8.19

Keira Walsh's stunning pass set up Ella Toone's opener - GETTY IMAGES
Keira Walsh's stunning pass set up Ella Toone's opener - GETTY IMAGES

Lauren Hemp - 8/10

Was taken off the ball far too often by pressure from Magull and Gwinn, so unable to use her superior pace to much effect. But got stuck in, kept her head and had an unmatched work rate, never running out of gas and blocking a late German shot in extra time. 
Telegraph reader rating: 7.76

Fran Kirby - 6/10

Her lovely cross to White in the third minute got England off to a flying start, but was muscled off the ball a lot and found it difficult to make the impact she is capable of. 
Telegraph reader rating: 7/10

Beth Mead - 7/10

Mead walked away with the Golden Boot thanks to Alexandra Popp never making it on to the pitch through injury, and would have got her sixth assist with a perfect cutback to White who missed. 
Telegraph reader rating: 7.66

Ellen White - 6/10

White earned herself quite a harsh yellow for a kick at Dabritz, and got involved in the raucous action throughout. She gave goalkeeper Frohms a cheeky push which had the German squaring up to her too. For all her physical presence though she was regularly outpaced and missed the chance of the first half in skying her shot over the bar when Mead set her up so perfectly. 
Telegraph reader rating: 6.84

Substitutes

Alessia Russo - 6/10

Did not have the instant impact we have seen in previous matches and her legs started to look heavy as the Germans double teamed her. Got herself into good enough positions, but the standout opportunity never came.
Telegraph reader rating: 6.51

Ella Toone - 9/10

Toone’s goal was perfection. She timed her run to stay onside, sprinted away with the ball and when under pressure from Hendrich dinked the ball. It hung in the air for what felt like hours but once it hit the back of the net her expletive-ridden celebration summed up just what that meant.
Telegraph reader rating: 8.77

Chloe Kelly - 9/10

Kelly’s impact has been minimal at this tournament but she came off the bench with purpose in this final. Made a crucial clearance from a German corner and brought her pace going forward, making a few breakaway runs just when England needed to break their opponents’ rhythm. Then came the moment, where she lunged to desperately nudge in the winner and have her sports bra Brandi Chastain moment.
Telegraph reader rating: 8.79

Chloe Kelly's celebration will live long in the memory - AP
Chloe Kelly's celebration will live long in the memory - AP

Jill Scott - 8/10

Scott was brought in to bring some level-headedness to affairs and break up play when England were being bullied late in the second half. She certainly broke up the play, but even Scott - the most amiable woman in football - found herself facing off with Lohmann who pulled her down with a nasty tackle in extra time. 
Telegraph reader rating: 8.00

Alex Greenwood - 8/10

Brought some stability at left-back where Daly had let too much get away from her. Was solid and calm when England needed it. 
Telegraph reader rating: 7.89

Germany

Merle Frohms

Made light work of England’s attempts in the first half, and then got a hand to Russo’s shot to keep Germany within touching distance in the dying moments. Perhaps should have done better for the Kelly goal. 7

Giulia Gwinn

Made some brilliant crosses into the box to keep England on their toes, and helped contain Hemp’s threat going forward. 8

Kathrin-Julia Hendrich

Made a key header to keep out Hemp’s free kick in the first half, and shut down many White runs. But should have got a more meaningful touch to the ball when Earps kept that scrappy corner out of the goalmouth. 8

Marina Hegering

A 50-50 tackle with Mead left them both hobbling in the second half. But where Mead was substituted the centre-half continued to hold her own, and kept Russo close to keep the England striker from doing any major damage. 8

Felicitas Rauch

Finally got Germany’s first yellow for clattering into Mead right before half-time, who she was outpaced by many times. 6

Lina Magull

Should have scored straight after the break, but hoofed an open shot wide of goal, and then had her later attempt saved off the bar by Earps. But her goal finally came, and deservedly so, as she thumped her shot in from the near post. 9

Lina Magull equalised for Germany to send the match into extra-time - ANADOLU AGENCY VIA GETTY IMAGES
Lina Magull equalised for Germany to send the match into extra-time - ANADOLU AGENCY VIA GETTY IMAGES

Lena Oberdorf

Oberdorf has been Germany’s Walsh at this tournament, but was not given as much rhythm in this stop-start affair to play her fluid game. Got involved with the chopping challenges, getting a yellow with a flying tackle which took out Stanway in the second half. 8

Sara Dabritz

Her early attempt forced Bronze to block in first 10 minutes, and it was her header from a corner caused a frantic pile up in England’s six-yard box. 8

Jule Brand

Made clever, quick runs into the box and gave Bronze so much work to do with her darting runs. 8

Svenja Huth

Tried to exploit space on the left with Daly but had no real clear chances going forward. 6

Lea Schuller

Got under Daly’s skin early in the second half when she moved out wide, and shoved her from behind after the ball went out of play. Escaped without a yellow card, which was lucky as she left her foot in when taking on Earps one-v-one to earn one later on. 7

Substitutes

Tabea Wassmuth 9

Immediate impact when she came on as at half-time, cantering with the ball into the England box to force a save out of Earps. Got the assist for Magull’s goal.