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Poland - England
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There's no time for any more; that dramatic late sting from Szymanski has rescued a point for Poland.
Blimey, they're loving that here! England made a mess of trying to control injury time there..
- GoalDamian SzymanskiPoland
GOAL! Poland 1 (Szymanski 90+2') England 1
The pressure pays off! The ball ricochets around the England area and is picked up by Lewandowski on the left. He stands a perfect cross up to the back post, where Szymanski leaps to thump a header into the net from six yards out!
Poland are pushing here, but a cross from the right deflects off Mount and is safely gathered by Pickford.
Lovely stuff from Lewandowski, as he pulls a 50 yard pass out of the sky with insulting ease. He tries to cut across Stones and shoot from the edge of the box, but Stones defended well again and the effort goes well wide of goal.
A lovely flick from Grealish releases Shaw down the left, but his cross can't find Kane.
Stones has played well tonight, and nixes a Polish break on the edge of England's area here after Phillips gives the ball away in midfield.
Kane has a chance to put Sterling in on the right of Poland's area, but puts way too much on the pass and it's out for a goal kick.
I fancy another here, one way or the other, as Poland are going for it.
CLOSE! Pickford dallies over a clearance with his feet and it's charged down by Frankowski. The ball bounces towards goal and Pickford scrambles back to gather before it can cross the line. Blimey!
Three more dice rolls as Helik, Rybus and Frankowski replace Glik, Puchacz and Jozwiak for Poland.
Excellent pressing from Phillips wins the ball for Kane, who is flattened by Linetty as he tries to break. Yellow card.
Puchacz is booked for a late lunge on Sterling.
Puchacz again tries to split England open, this time with an angled ball for Swiderski, but again it's slightly too pacy and Pickford gathers.
Szczesny seemed to see that late, and probably should have done better; the dip and the late fade on the ball confused him.
- GoalHarry KaneEngland
GOAL! Poland 0 England 1 (Kane 72)
Out of nothing, England lead! Kane picks the ball up, unmarked and 30 yards from goal. He moves forward a little and hits a dipping, swerving drive past Szczesny and into the bottom corner. Kane has now scored in 15 qualifiers on the spin!
Poland break forwards through Lewandowski. He has options left and right but shoots from 25 yards; it's tame and straight at Pickford.
Poland's skipper here, making what should be an obvious point.
Grealish is really getting wound up tonight. He ghosts by Dawidowicz who pulls him back, but again Siebert waves play on.
In more substitution news, Krychowiak comes off and is replaced by Szymanski.
Puchacz has had a good game for Poland. He walks away from Mount in midfield and jags into the left of the area, but shoots well wide of the near post.
A change for Poland as Swiderski replaces Buksa.
OFF THE POST! From the free kick a looping header from Maguire clangs the inside of the far post and bounces out. Sterling, who was in an offside position, swipes a leg at the loose ball and up goes the flag.
England hog the ball and Grealish is bundled over by a frustrated Krychowiak , who is booked for his troubles.
Grealish does well to find Shaw in the area, whose cross is blocked behind by Glik for a corner.
Puchacz clips a ball over the top of a suddenly stretched England defence. It's just to far ahead of Buksa though and it skids through to Pickford.
Finally England warm Szczesny's hands, as Phillips booms a 25-yard dipper to him at a comfortable height.
Pressure from England, as Grealish feeds Sterling into the area on the left. He's crowded out, and then a dangerous cross from Shaw is cleared with Kane lurking.
England break through Mount, who feeds Grealish on the left. He dances into the area and fizzes in a low cross that beats Szczesny but drifts a few yards wide of the far post.
We're underway again in Warsaw. It's been hotly contested so far, but with few chances.
Possible reasons for the brouhaha, part 1: ITV have showed a clip of Glik squeezing Walker just beneath the Adams apple when the free kick was awarded. Did Maguire react to that? There's no other footage so far.
It's a booking apiece for Glik and Maguire, for what I haven't yet seen.
...which Moder takes but can't find Bednarek. That's half-time, but something has gone off here as all of the players are into a shoving match as they make to leave the field. What was all that?
Mount trips Puchacz 30 yards from goal on the left. Free kick in a useful position for Poland...
We'll have two additional minutes as a minimum. Good play from Grealish sets up a chance for Phillips to shoot from 20 yards, but again it's blocked.
Linetty picks up a loose ball on the left of England's area. He spins Rice and then tries to beat him again, but Rice gets a foot in well to clear.
Linetty leaves one on Grealish, who is getting frustrated here. Free kick to England, but nothing more.
Lewandowski picks it up out on the left. He whips a low cross into the area but it's straight to Pickford.
Stones is back, and seemingly happy enough to run this off.
Stones has gone down for England here, booting the ball out of play to request treatment beforehand.
In other news in the group, Albania are one up on San Marino while Hungary have already put two past Andorra.
Phillips wins it for England and they've got man on man with Poland again, but neither Sterling nor Kane can pass accurately enough to take advantage.
Sterling beats Moder to a bouncing ball and suddenly England are on the break. It's three on three for a moment but Moder tracks Sterling for his entire 50-yard jaunt and wins the ball back for Poland.
Shaw sloppily gives the ball away and Poland pile forward again. Moder cuts in from the left and has a yahoo at goal from distance, but it flies way, way over the bar.
CHANCE! Lewandowski wins the ball 30 yards from goal with a superb sliding tackle. He then plays a one-two with Linetty and he gets to the bouncing ball first, but can't connect enough to lift it over Pickford who gathers awkwardly.
Walker quarterbacks a long ball over the top to Grealish, who does well to keep it in play. Glik's all over him though, and dumps Grealish on the floor before retrieving the ball.
England are slowly taking control here. There's lots of patient and precise passing, but it's also a long way from the Polish goal.
A half-chance for England, who work the ball patiently to Sterling on the right. He jinks by Puchacz and stands up a cross to the back post, but Kane sends a wayward header back across goal and Poland clear.
Poland work a crossing chance on the left. Puchacz curls it into the area and around the back of Maguire, but Buksa can't connect as he slides in.
Grealish wins a corner for England. Shaw takes and it breaks to Mount on the edge, whose shot is smothered and Poland clear.
Lewandowski gets into space for the first time, jinking to his left and feeding Moder on the left of England's area. Moder can't quite sort his feet out though, and hits a feeble cross straight to Pickford.
Jozwiak flies in on the foul-enticer Grealish. It's late and studsy, but Siebert takes no further action. Grealish isn't amused.
Poland are really up for this, and snapping around the heels of the England players. Bednarek robs Sterling of the ball in midfield and it briefly looks like Poland might be away, but it's pulled up for a foul.
Early bother for Phillips. After trying to roulette away from danger he accidentally treads on the top of Puchacz's foot. Painful but accidental I'd say; either way, he's going in the book.
Krychowiak wins a corner for Poland. It skids through England's penalty area and then a flash shot from the edge ricochets away to danger. This is a good start from Poland.
A chance on the volley for Puchacz on the left of England's area. He connects sweetly with the ball, booming it at goal, but Walker gets his body in the way to block it.
It's a frenetic start, but so much so that neither side can keep hold of the ball here. It's a lively old atmosphere in Warsaw tonight.
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Peep! We're underway.
England's players take the knee, and there follows a dismal chorus of booing in the packed stadium. There is no room for racism in life folks, anywhere, ever.
The respective anthems are down, and we're ready to go. England are resplendent in their rather fetching blue away short.
The teams are heading out, it's almost time. The referee tonight is Daniel Siebert.
At the other end of the pitch is one H Kane of the Spurs. On Sunday he converted a penalty against Andorra to move to 40 international goals, putting him in joint fifth place with Michael Owen for the all-time record for the men's national time. Still to be reeled in are Jimmy Greaves (44), Gary Lineker (48), Bobby Charlton (49) and Wayne Rooney (53).
Let's have a little flashback to the reverse of this fixture, aeons ago in March. A tight game was settled by this booming drive from Harry Maguire with just five minutes to go.
So, Robert. Let's face it, Thomas Muller was right to call him 'Lewan-goal-ski' and then double down on the gag; firstly, it's a zinger, and secondly, it's true. For Poland alone Lewandowski has bagged 72 goals, and get on this: for Bayern Munich in the last two and a wee bit seasons he's netted 110 times in 91 matches.
In that spell Bayern have won the Bundesliga twice and the Champions League. No Ballon d'Or was awarded for 2020, otherwise Lewandowski would have walked it. Surely he deserves it this time.
As for England, this match represents their hardest in the qualifying section. They’ve won all five qualifiers so far, and any kind of result would make them heavy, heavy favourites to get out of the group in first place. If there is a hangover from that agonising near miss in Euro 2020, they’re not showing it; in the last six days they’ve swept aside Hungary and Andorra with minimal fuss.
So, where now for the Poles? Euro 2020 was a miserable experience for them as one of the eight teams eliminated in the group stages. That was off the back of a first round exit at the World Cup in Russia in 2018, as this promising generation of players continues to return underwhelming results. They’ve won their last two qualifiers however, and will be right on England’s heels at the top of the group if they win tonight.
Just the eleven changes for England, as Gareth Southgate returns to what we must assume is his current strongest line-up. Southgate has stressed that England can’t afford to be complacent here tonight, and he’s set up accordingly. The familiar double pivot of Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice is back in the middle of the park and Jack Grealish, who has impressed in this little mini-spell of internationals, gets another chance to make a place in the team his own.
Poland's captain, most-capped player and record scorer Robert Lewandowski will lead the line tonight; he'll be joined up top by Adam Buksa, the New England revolution striker making his third appearance and with four international goals to his name already.
Here's the England team:
Here's your Poland, lining up in a 4-4-2:
Szczesny, Dawidowicz, Glik, Bednarek, Puchacz; Jozwiak, Linetty, Krychowiak, Moder; Buksa, Lewandowski
Welcome to live coverage of Poland versus England in World Cup Qualifying Group I in the European zone.
It’s usually good, this fixture, particularly when it’s connected to the World Cup. Although the common perception regarding Poland is that they are a bogey team for England in this competition, the record doesn’t bear this out. Poland have only beaten England once in 20 attempts, a 2-0 victory in June 1973 that set up the result that really grates on England; a 1-1 draw at Wembley four months later that knocked England out of the World Cup and spelled the end for Alf Ramsey.
Since then, England have had the upper hand. A hat-trick by Gary Lineker in Monterrey (you may have heard him mention it) set England on their path to meet with Diego Maradona in Mexico 86, while Bobby Robson’s team then survived – just – a late crossbar wobbler from Ryszard Tarasiewicz in 1989 that almost nixed England’s Italia ’90 love-in seven months ahead of the tournament. Overall, England have won 12, drawn 7 and lost one in all competitions.
If England win tonight, then the confirmed place at Qatar 2022 for the group winners could effectively be settled. Poland, five points behind England in second place as things stand, are looking to make an argument of it. Plenty to play for then; team news from Warsaw incoming.