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NOT CONVINCING: England scrape past Poland in World Cup qualifier

 

A late Harry Maguire goal spared the blushes of this England side as they narrowly beat Poland 2-1 in their final World Cup qualifier until September.

Maguire hammered in a half volley after John Stones won a header at the back post from an England corner.

Stones would have been relieved to see the ball hit the back of the net as it was his mistake that allowed Poland to equalise.

He took too much time in possession and the Polish pressure robbed him of possession.

Jakub Moder, who plays for Brighton and Hove Albion, drilled in to make it 1-1.

Harry Kane had given England the lead from the penalty spot early in the first half.

Raheem Sterling was adjudged to have been fouled after making his way into the penalty box.

Whether it was a foul or not has split opinions across social media, but we'll let you decide for yourself

Kane became the all-time leading penalty scorer for England when he beat former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny.

 

More needed from England than this against Poland, but World Cup qualification looks fine

 

England aren't in action until the summer now when they turn their attention to the delayed Euro 2020.

Gareth Southgate praised John Stones' ability to bounce back from a mistake and provide an assist for the winning goal.

The England manager said: "We were very good in the first half, we were in control of the game and to concede a goal like we did can hit the team.

"They stuck at it, they recovered their composure and got an important set-play winner.

"John Stones managed to compose himself for the rest of the game and had a part in the winning goal which was important - you can fold in those moments and he didn't."

Southgate may be praising his England side now, but they'll need to be much more convincing than they were against Poland in this World Cup qualifier.

Much improved performances are required if they have genuine aspirations of winning the Euros.

Although, in terms of World Cup qualification, England couldn't have asked for a better start. Three wins from three including against Albania and now Poland.


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