England player ratings at Euro 2020 after Three Lions reach final but fall short

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The dust is settling on England's penalty-shootout defeat by Italy in the Euro 2020 final – and attention turns to memories of the tournament as a whole.

The Three Lions impressed in the group stage without pulling up trees, beating Croatia and Czech Republic either side of a goalless stalemate with Scotland to finish top of Group D.

But it was the knockout rounds where Gareth Southgate's side kicked into action with a 2-0 victory over Germany and 4-0 thrashing of Ukraine in the last 16 and quarter-finals respectively.

England managed to go one better than the 2018 World Cup by overcoming Denmark in the semi-finals before falling short in a shootout with a top-draw Italy outfit.

Here, Mirror Football gives our player ratings for the tournament as a whole.

Pickford continues to go from strength to strength as England's No.1
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JORDAN PICKFORD: Debate over whether he should have done better on Mikkel Damsgaard's free-kick for Denmark, but it didn't cost England. Made some highlight-reel saves, and his composure and maturity have come on leaps and bounds. 8

SAM JOHNSTONE: Did not play a minute having made his debut in the warm-up friendly against Romania. N/a

AARON RAMSDALE: Called up to the squad to replace injured Dean Henderson and, like Johnstone, did not feature. N/a

Walker slotted in as the right centre-back in a five-man defence against Germany and Italy
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KYLE WALKER: Vital to England and Southgate thanks to his ability to play right-back and centre-back in a three. Another impressive tournament even if he couldn't match attacking contribution of Luke Shaw. 7

KIERAN TRIPPIER: Featured at left-back in the opener against Croatia and at right wing-back when Southgate switched to a back five. Another important player for the system but unable to work his magic over the dead ball. 6

REECE JAMES: Helped England keep a clean sheet in the goalless draw with Scotland and did not feature again. 6

The Manchester United captain is yet another leader in the Three Lions squad

HARRY MAGUIRE: Unable to play first two group games but returned to the line-up against Czech Republic and never looked back. Posed a threat from set pieces, as shown by goal against Ukraine, and vindicated Southgate's decision to select him despite injury – and then some. 8

JOHN STONES: Followed up his brilliant Manchester City season for his country. England fans will be hoping they see the rock-solid centre-back partnership of Stones and Maguire for many years to come. 8

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TYRONE MINGS: Back-to-back clean sheets while filling in during Maguire's absence, making crucial blocks and tackles against Croatia and Scotland. Provides Southgate with an excellent left-footed option. 7

CONOR COADY: On the bench for every game but never made it onto the pitch. N/a

BEN WHITE: Replaced injured Trent Alexander-Arnold in the squad but did not make an appearance and often left out of squad. N/a

Shaw arrived at the back post to volley England in front in the second minute against Italy
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LUKE SHAW: Named in the PFA Team of the Year after a resurgent season with Manchester United, he was the best left-back at Euro 2020. Tireless, combative and creative, chipping in with a remarkable three assists and a well-taken volley against Italy in the final. 9

BEN CHILWELL: Spent much of the tournament out of the matchday squad but that is thanks to Shaw's brilliance rather than any shortcomings on his end. N/a

Phillips was arguably England's surprise package of the tournament
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KALVIN PHILLIPS: From the moment he assisted Raheem Sterling's winner against Croatia, this was a special tournament for the Leeds United man. Looked at home battling Europe's top midfielders despite only making international debut last year. 9

DECLAN RICE: His partnership with Phillips was the bedrock of England's success and his performances at Euro 2020 showed why West Ham United value their midfielder at over £100million. 8

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JORDAN HENDERSON: Arrived at the tournament injured but, like Maguire, vindicated his selection. Often helped to steady the ship when fresh bodies were needed in midfield and opened his Three Lions account against Ukraine. 7

JUDE BELLINGHAM: Three appearances off the bench which didn't allow long to show off his precocious ability. 6

PHIL FODEN: Almost got England's tournament off to a flyer as he hit post against Croatia, but his role at the tournament gradually petered out. 6

Grealish may not have started, but he was effective as a super-sub
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JACK GREALISH: Sent Wembley, pubs and front rooms into frenzy just by emerging from the bench to warm up. Memorably assisted Kane against Germany and super-sub role suited him well despite clamour for starts. 7

MASON MOUNT: A key cog in an advanced midfield role thanks to his creativity, work rate and maturity beyond his 22 years. Grabbed an assist against Ukraine. 7

Saka will bounce back from his penalty heartbreak and was otherwise excellent at the tournament

BUKAYO SAKA: Fantastic showing against Czech Republic catapulted the 19-year-old into the frame for an important role during the knockout rounds. Missed the crucial penalty against Italy but he remains an utterly brilliant prospect and he will roar back. 8

RAHEEM STERLING: Mr England. His side's MVP with three vital goals and an assist, while he was ready to score the equaliser against Denmark before Simon Kjaer bundled it into his own net. Ran Gianluigi Donnarumma close for Player of the Tournament.

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JADON SANCHO: A bright showing after surprise start against Ukraine in quarter-finals but settled for a minor role. 6

MARCUS RASHFORD: A vital player for England in recent years but niggling injury issue may have contributed to him not making a start. Failed to make an impression off the bench, although wasn't given long to do so. 5

HARRY KANE: Answered his critics emphatically after a group-stage goal drought by scoring four times in three games prior to the final. The captain has helped mould a squad the nation is proud of. 8

DOMINIC CALVERT-LEWIN: Like Rashford, rarely given minutes to strut his stuff or bring a new dimension to the attack. There will be more opportunities if he can continue good Everton form next season. 5

GARETH SOUTHGATE: His managerial ability has come on significantly since the World Cup in 2018 which bodes well for England going forward. Also spoke brilliantly about important issues before and during the tournament. Like his youthful squad, he did us very proud. 9

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