Unconvincing England stutter to a 1-1 draw in Poland
England were warm favourites with the bookmakers to win Wednesday’s rearranged World Cup qualifier in Warsaw, although Roy Hodgson’s men were lucky to get a point after being largely outplayed by Poland.
October 17th, 2012
There were six changes to the Three Lions team that beat San Marino 5-0 including the restoration of captain Steven Gerrard to the team and the Liverpool midfielder delivered a corner in the 31st minute which glanced off Wayne Rooney’s head and shoulder to give England the lead.
However, it was the Poles who fashioned most of the first-half chances and the pressure became even more intense during the second half, with England penned into their own half for large parts of the game.
The visitors resorted to clearing long balls upfield for lone striker Jermain Defoe to chase as Rooney was forced to track back and defend. The situation was alleviated halfway through the second half when Hodgson sensibly decided to replace Defoe with Danny Welbeck.
In the 70th minute, Poland eventually got their equaliser, with Kamil Glik scoring from a corner after the hosts had piled the pressure on the England defence.
It has to be seen as a point gained for England after a sloppy performance where few players really stood out for the national team.
FootballScores.com were out in force at Warsaw, with the leading scores website supporting the England team and featuring regularly on the perimeter boards as per the attached photo.