Three Lions secure point in Warsaw
- 17 October 2012 17:52
- Posted by Mark Booth
Joe Hart, Joleon Lescott and James Milner played 90 minutes apiece as England drew 1-1 with Poland in the rain delayed clash.
Because of last night’s downpour, it seemed difficult for either side to play fluent football, so perhaps it’s unsurprising that both goals came from set pieces from Wayne Rooney and Kamil Glik.
After John Terry announced his international retirement last month, the door was opened for Lescott to stake his claim for the centre back slot and he stood up manfully to the task of keeping Robert Lewandowski uncharacteristically quiet for long stretches of the match.
Borussia Dortmund's main man was resuming his duel against Hart but England’s number one was only really troubled by his clubmate Lukas Piszczek in the first-half, reacting quickly to steal the ball off his toes with the game poised at 0-0.
Milner started on the right of midfield and provided the security for right-back Glen Johnson to bomb forward and managed to get into some decent attacking positions himself, putting in a couple of dangerous crosses that kept the Polish defence on its toes.
England took the lead in the 31st minute when Wayne Rooney shouldered home a Steven Gerrard cross. It was perhaps harsh on the hosts who had looked the more incisive side when on the break.
Spurred on by this perceived injustice, Poland rallied in the second period and put England under increasing pressure which led to a deserved equaliser in the 69th minute when Glik rose to head home a corner.
Hart came for the cross but was unable to reach it and Roy Hodgson’s men had to settle for a draw that was probably a fair result on the balance of play.
England are next in action in November when they open the new national stadium in Sweden with an international friendly. Their World Cup qualifying campaign doesn't resume until March 2013 when they take on San Marino.