England left Warsaw with a point from their World Cup qualifying match but truth be told, it could have gone either way after a poor performance from the Three Lions. England rode their luck on many occasions, particularly in the first half but was fortunate to be one up at the break as Wayne Rooney continued his goal scoring exploits for the English. His goal came against the run of play and was a got a fortunate bounce of his shoulder following a Steven Gerrard corner. England held on to this lead until the 70th minute when Polish defender Kamil Glik powered home Ludovic Obraniak’s corner. Although the defending on the set-piece left a lot to be desired, it would probably go down as a goalkeeping error as Joe Hart came for the ball but was completely beaten to it by Glik.
This match, which was postponed after being called off last night due to heavy rain, showed the amount of work that Roy Hodgson needs to put in the run up to Brazil 2014. The entire side was pretty poor and was dominated by the home team throughout the match. Of course, the pitch was in a dreadful condition after the rain last night but it should not be any excuse for such a poor performance. Poland should have won this match but lack of finishing was ultimately their undoing. Kamil Grosicki, Obraniak and highly rated Robert Lewandowski all had chances to score but did not manage to find the net
Kamil Grosicki had probably the best chance of the match in the early minutes but he miscued his shot from inside the penalty box. Minutes later, Joe Hart made a good save to prevent Obraniak from scoring in a one on one situation. In the second half, it was more of the same as Poland chased down the equalizer as Glen Johnson and again Hart came to the rescue with some desperate defending and brilliant goalkeeping.
In the end, a draw was a little harsh on the Poles but they could have easily lost the match as well. However, it would be right for the English to leave Warsaw will all the points because their performance certainly didn’t deserve it.
With this result, England remains top of the group but currently only lead Montenegro by one point having played a game more. Poland is in fourth place trailing third place Moldova by a point. The next qualification match will not take place until March next year with England visiting minnows San Marino and Poland taking on Moldova.