In a fiesty affair away in Poland, England where held to a 1-1 draw as a Harry wonderstrike was cancelled out by a late Damian Szymanski header.
England seemed to be on the back foot as an aggressive Poland side tried to impose their physical power. The Three Lions were only able to create half chances with Mason Mount firing over from just outside the area and Harry Kane miscueing a header inside the box. The best chance of the half came to Robert Lewandowski as some good Polish play opened up a shooting chance for the Bayern Munich striker but he could only manage to chip into Jordan Pickford’s hands. Right on halftime tempuratures nearly boiled over as Kamil Glik and Harry Maguire engaged in a scuffle, earning them both a booking.
England started fast, within the opening minutes of the second half Jack Grealish flashed the ball across the face of goal but had no one to apply the finishing touch. The Three Lions kept pressing for an opener and nearly found It when Luke Shaw whipped in a free kick for Maguire to head just onto the post. Then a piece of magic from England’s skipper gave England the breakthrough as Harry Kane found the net in his 15th consecutive qualier as he struck it in from more than 30 yards to beat Wojciech Szczesny. The Polish were nearly let back into it as Pickford took slightly too long and had his clearance blocked, with it heading towards the England goal the Everton number one managed to claim it just before it went over the goal line. But then the equaliser did come, in the 92nd minute Lewandowski lifted the ball to the back post where Damian Szymanski nodded in for the home side to share the spoils.
The performance overall seemed slightly lacklustre and the draw was probably the fairest result. The draw does means that England lose their 100% record in World Cup qualifying, however with the games in the October international break against Andorra and Hungary, England should still qualify comfortably and Poland have given themselves a good shot at 2nd place with tonight’s result.