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Wembley Stadium

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

kickoff at 20:00

World Cup Qualifier - Group H
Attendance: 85,186

England

Poland
2
0

Wayne Rooney (41), Steven Gerrard (88)
   

Wayne Rooney (80), Frank Lampard (76)
 
Artur Jedrzejczyk (77)
     
     

Managers
View complete set Roy Hodgson

Players
 
ENGLAND
 
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 01  Joe Hart (G)
Cap number 37
Manchester City
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 02  Chris Smalling (D)
Cap number 7
Manchester United
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 03  Leighton Baines (D)
Cap number 21
Everton
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 05  Gary Cahill (D)
Cap number 20
Chelsea
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 06  Phil Jagielka (D)
Cap number 23
Everton
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 04  Steven Gerrard (Capt.) (M)
Cap number 107
Liverpool
 88
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 07  Andros Townsend (M)
Cap number 2
Tottenham Hotspur
 86
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 08  Michael Carrick (M)
Cap number 31
Manchester United
 71
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 09  Daniel Sturridge (F)
Cap number 8
Liverpool
 82
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 10  Wayne Rooney (F)
Cap number 86
Manchester United
 41
 80
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 11  Danny Welbeck (F)
Cap number 20
Manchester United

Subs
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 15  Jack Wilshere (M)
Cap number 12
Arsenal
 82
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 16  Frank Lampard (M)
Cap number 102
Chelsea
 71
 76
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 17  James Milner (M)
Cap number 43
Manchester City
 86
POLAND
 
12Wojciech Szczesny
2Grzegorz Wojtkowiak
3Artur Jedrzejczyk 77
6Mariusz Lewandowski 45
19Piotr Celeban
15Kamil Glik
16Jakub Blaszczykowski (Capt.)
8Grzegorz Krychowiak
9Robert Lewandowski
18Adrian Mierzejewski 75
5Waldemar Sobota 65

Subs
11Mateusz Klich 45
17Slawomir Peszko 65
10Piotr Zielinski 75
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England confirmed their qualification for next summer's World Cup in Brazil with a thrilling victory over Poland at Wembley. Roy Hodgson's side needed three points from their final qualifier to secure top spot in Group H after Ukraine's 8-0 win in San Marino. However, they had to survive anxious moments before the target was finally achieved. Wayne Rooney, as he did against Montenegro last Friday, broke the deadlock, heading in a perfect cross from the outstanding Leighton Baines four minutes before half-time. Analysis Image of Chris Waddle Chris Waddle Former England winger on BBC Radio 5 live England have been professional. In some performances, they have struggled against weaker nations. We are going to be playing against the top nations in the world. That is when the fun starts. We have to get our better players playing to the best of their ability. The only worry is that we play a 4-4-2, and teams like Brazil and the Netherlands will note that. Poland, backed by about 20,000 supporters who contributed to a colourful and vibrant Wembley atmosphere, threatened through Robert Lewandowski before captain Steven Gerrard eased any fears of a late twist with a surging run and finish two minutes from time. England manager Hodgson raced from his technical area in delight before enjoying a fully deserved celebration with his backroom team at the conclusion of an unbeaten and ultimately successful qualification campaign. England went into their two final games, against Montenegro and Poland, needing six points, and Hodgson's team duly revealed a fresh face as progressive attacking football - bordering on reckless at times - replaced the caution that coloured many of their earlier qualifiers. Now they can join what is expected to be the biggest football carnival of all in the spiritual home of the game in South America. And their supporters will travel in force, with almost 97,000 applications already received from England even before qualification was assured. England may not be among the favourites in Brazil but if Hodgson can build on the optimism of these final two games and nurture more young faces then they can at least travel in hope. Teams qualified for Brazil 2014 Brazil (hosts), Australia, Japan, Iran, South Korea, Belgium, England, Italy, Russia, Switzerland, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Costa Rica, USA, Argentina, Colombia. Correct as of 15 October 2013 They relied heavily on two of their experienced players on Tuesday in goalscorers Rooney and Gerrard - but once again the exciting Tottenham winger Andros Townsend looked a perfect fit for international football. Baines also delivered a magnificent display and it is hard to see how Hodgson could justify replacing him with Ashley Cole, out injured, on the strength of the Everton defender's performances in the qualifiers. Hodgson made a somewhat surprising choice at right-back, where Chris Smalling was selected ahead of Manchester United team-mate Phil Jones to replace the suspended Kyle Walker. With Michael Carrick in for Frank Lampard in midfield England went through a period of adjustment in the opening phase and were almost punished by a lively Poland. The main threat, inevitably, was Lewandowski and twice he broke on England from their own corners, first forcing a save from goalkeeper Joe Hart and then dragging an angled chance - which he created for himself - across the face of goal. England, however, soon settled and started to play with some of the attacking abandon that was the hallmark of Friday's win against Montenegro. A longer road to Rio From the nine European World Cup qualifying groups, eight teams will enter a two legged play-off for one of four places in Brazil. They are: Croatia, Sweden, Romania, Iceland, Portugal, Greece, Ukraine and France. As in that victory Baines and Townsend were outstanding, with their width and threat giving England an added attacking dimension. Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny could only parry Townsend's shot and Welbeck directed his header wide from the rebound as England finally took control. Welbeck was working hard but suffering frustration in front of goal, losing his footing when played in and then missing the target from six yards as Poland failed to clear a corner. In among a frenzy of attacking action Townsend sent a rising left-foot drive against the post and Szczesny recovered well to block Daniel Sturridge's effort as he looked to profit from the loose ball. Just as memories of 1973 - when Poland got a draw to wreck Sir Alf Ramsey's hopes of reaching the next summer's World Cup - were being revived England finally made the breakthrough. Baines, demonstrating his high class once more, delivered a perfect left-flank cross on to the head of Rooney - without his headband for a few moments - and he scored in accomplished fashion after 41 minutes. Buoyed by Baines England defender Leighton Baines Leighton Baines was outstanding again - especially in the first half when he created Wayne Rooney's goal. Can Roy Hodgson really justify recalling Ashley Cole? Man of the match. Read Phil McNulty's player ratings In a wonderfully open game, chances continued to come at the start of the second half - and a Polish substitution almost brought an instant result when Mateusz Klich, on for Mariusz Lewandowski, forced a desperate block from Gary Cahill. Welbeck then shot across the face of goal and Cahill had a header turned away as England pressed to extend their advantage and at least give themselves some level of comfort. This was never going to happen while they only led by one goal and the menacing Lewandowski was around. He found space behind England's defence on the hour but Hart did well to block. The game was too open for Hodgson and England's liking but they were still creating chances of their own, Szczesny showing great athleticism to leap to his left and turn away Rooney's curling effort. Hodgson made his first change with 20 minutes left, sending on Lampard for Carrick, who had performed well, in an attempt to keep England on top. Poland keeper Szczesny had also excelled and he was in action once more to save from Sturridge, who was then replaced by Jack Wilshere with nine minutes remaining. As the clock ticked down to qualification, England's fans demanded one last push and Gerrard provided it with a determined run into the Poland area and a prodded finish beyond Szczesny - and the celebrations could finally begin. Play media Qualification feels great - Hodgson Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6) England 01 Hart 02 Smalling 03 Baines 08 Carrick (Lampard - 71' Booked ) 05 Cahill 06 Jagielka 07 Townsend (Milner - 86' ) 04 Gerrard 09 Sturridge (Wilshere - 82' ) 10 Rooney Booked 11 Welbeck Substitutes 12 Jones 13 Ruddy 14 Gibbs 15 Wilshere 16 Lampard 17 Milner 18 Barkley 19 Defoe 20 Sterling 21 Lambert 22 Forster Poland 12 Szczesny 19 Celeban 02 Wojtkowiak 06 Lewandowski (Klich - 45' ) 03 Jedrzejczyk Booked 15 Glik 16 Blaszczykowski 08 Krychowiak 09 Lewandowski 18 Mierzejewski (Zielinski - 75' ) 05 Sobota (Peszko - 65' ) Substitutes 01 Boruc 04 Jodlowiec 07 Polanski 10 Zielinski 11 Klich 13 Wasilewski 14 Wawrzyniak 17 Peszko 20 Sobiech 21 Rzezniczak 22 Fabianski Ref: Damir Skomina Att: 85,186
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Goal scorers for England:- Wayne Rooney & Steven Gerrard
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