England vs Poland – World Cup qualifier: Live score and updatesMarch 31, 2021
LIVE: England vs Poland – Harry Kane fires Three Lions ahead from the spot after Raheem Sterling was fouled… as Gareth Southgate’s side look to maintain perfect start to World Cup qualifying
- England welcome Poland to Wembley for their World Cup qualifying match
- The visitors will be without their record goalscorer Robert Lewandowski
- Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions strolled to a 2-0 win over Albania last time out
- READ: Who needs to impress Southgate ahead of Euro 2020 squad pick
- Latest World Cup news, including fixtures and results
England will be aiming to make it three wins out of three in 2022 World Cup qualifying tonight when they welcome Poland to Wembley.
Gareth Southgate’s men have managed back-to-back wins against San Marino and Albania in the international break, scoring seven goals while keeping two clean sheets in their previous 180 minutes.
With Poland dropping points against Hungary last time out, the Three Lions can take control of Group I with a win over tonight’s opponents who are without talisman Robert Lewandowski.
Follow Sportsmail’s Sam McEvoy for live World Cup qualifier coverage of England vs Poland, including all the build-up to the encounter in north London.
33min: England are unlucky to have not got a second after that last five or so minutes of play. Poland really hanging in there and are struggling with England’s high press.
31min: England have the ball at the top of the area, which sees Foden lay the ball off to Kane, who cuts in and smashes a low shot towards Szczesny’s bottom right corner but the Polish keeper is on hand to deny him a second.
30min: A sublime slalom run from Sterling sees him dart past three Poland defenders in the box before he’s stopped by the final challenge. England knocking at the door once again.
28min: Now it’s Pope who’s caught in two minds after receiving a back pass. With his options limited, the England goalkeeper hacks at it and it almost results in an error but it’s cleared.
27min: That should’ve been 2-0. England win the ball back high up the pitch which sees Sterling carry the ball in the box from the left with the goal in front of him and Foden square from him. Sterling looks caught in two minds and instead goes to pass but it’s blocked and the chance goes.
26min: Poland really now trying to carve out chances after going behind. They’ve responded well to the goal but are struggling to break England down.
24min: Poland’s approach to game has no visibly changed with the visitors now sending plenty of men forward in attacks. They had five men in the box for a cross but no one is on the end of it. Could this open up more space for the hosts to exploit?
21min: Poland now have a free-kick in a dangerous area. It’s whipped into the box but it’s Kane back there clearing the ball. Delivery is going to have to be much better than that if they’re going to trouble England.
19min: And captain fantastic Harry Kane breaks the deadlock from the penalty spot! England’s No 9 goes straight down the middle and has now scored the most spot-kicks for England in history! Good start for Southgate’s men.
18min: Foden wins the ball back brilliantly which sees Sterling pick the ball up and dart into the area. He’s scythed down and the referee points to the spot!
17min: England win their first corner of the game, which is only cleared as far as Maguire at the top of the area. He brings it down for Mount who whips in a cross but it’s too deep. England yet to test Szczesny as of yet.
15min: England still enjoying plenty of the ball and look comfortable. Lewandowski is instrumental to holding up the play up front and the visitors are sorely missing him.
13min: Sterling, cutting in from the left, whips in a wicked cross to a darting Foden but the Poland defence deals with it easily. England fans will be hoping that Kane will be on the end of one of these crosses soon.
12min: Still just the one chance for England in these opening 10 minutes and that fell to Foden who headed over. England are biding their time, though.
10min: Chilwell enjoying a lot of the ball down the left. With three men around him, the left back looks to play Sterling in behind with a ball over the top but it’s cut out.
9min: Good work from Mount finds Sterling in the middle, which gets slipped through to Foden who looks to have been fouled inside the box. Referee waves away any claims by saying the Man City man lost his balance.
7min: Sterling loses the ball in the centre of the field but England’s high press wins it back quickly. The ball is being recycled well which eventually sees Chilwell get down the left in space. His cross is sent to the penalty spot but Foden just can’t get over it and heads it over the bar.
5min: Poland are wanting to play fast, attacking football but looked to have had second thoughts about the high-line they implemented against Hungary. England still enjoying more of the ball, though.
3min: The Three Lions have enjoyed all of the possession in these opening minutes with Kane seen dropping deep to make things tick. Mason Mount has sent in an in-swinging cross into the box but there’s no one of the end of it.
1min: Slightly nervy start from England. Kyle Walker undercooks a pass to John Stones who’s nearly caught out following a high press from Poland.
England get things started in their iconic white home kits after taking the knee while the Polish players stand and touch the ‘Respect’ banner on their arms.
Little tone deaf and flat from the England boys – thank goodness they’re quality footballers!
Kick-off just moments away…
The players are in the tunnel at Wembley.
This will likely be their toughest test so far but can they make it three wins out of three?
After two games played in Group I, England sit top with six points having won both of their opening qualifiers.
Tonight’s opponents Poland are two points behind the Three Lions in second having dropped points in their 3-3 draw with Hungary.
A win for England will put them in control after just three games played. Can Southgate’s men do it?
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ADAM SHERGOLD: After two perfunctory victories over San Marino and Albania, England’s World Cup qualification campaign really kicks up a notch when they meet Poland on Wednesday night.
Although the Wembley visitors will be without their injured star man Robert Lewandowski in attack, they should still cause England plenty of issues.
Opportunities are scarce now for Gareth Southgate to assess how his youthful and exciting side cope against strong opposition before this summer’s European Championship.
The likes of Harry Kane, Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling and Harry Maguire are already certainties, but there are many who still need to produce a convincing performance against Poland to make sure of their spot.
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England have also lost just one of their 19 matches against Poland (W11 D7), with that only defeat coming in a World Cup qualifier in June 1973 in Chorzow.
It’s HEARTBREAK for England’s Young Lions…
England U21 side have been knocked out of the Euros after conceding a 91st-minute screamer, seeing their opponents Croatia qualify instead.
Before that goal, England were heading through after taking a 2-0 lead, while Portugal comfortably won their game.
However, it wasn’t to be and Aidy Boothroyd’s men have now suffered a heartbreaking early exit.
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James Ward-Prowse ruled OUT of tonight’s game as a precaution
James Ward-Prowse will not be involved in England’s World Cup qualifier against Poland on Wednesday night.
The midfielder will be rested as a precaution and has returned to Southampton ahead of their weekend game with Burnley.
Ward-Prowse, who has won six caps for his country, featured in England’s last two games against San Marino and Albania.
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Gareth Southgate has made one change for tonight’s encounter. Luke Shaw has made way for Ben Chilwell with the Three Lions sticking with the four-man back line deployed against San Marino and Albania.
Mason Mount has also given the green light to start after missing the beginning of training on the eve of the game.
England starting XI: Pope, Walker, Maguire, Stones, Chilwell, Phillips, Rice, Foden, Mount, Kane, Sterling
Subs: Johnstone, James, Mings, Henderson, Dier, Shaw, Lingard, Coady, Calvert-Lewin, Watkins, Trippier, Bellingham
Poland starting XI: Szczesny, Bednarek, Glik, Helik, Bereszynski, Krychowiak, Moder, Rybus, Swiderski, Piatek, Zielinski
Subs: Szymanski, Dawidowicz, Placheta, Kowalczyk, Fabianski, Kozlowski, Jozwiak, Milik, Augustyniak, Grosicki, Reca, Niemczycki
Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (Holland)
And welcome to Sportsmail’s coverage of 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Tonight’s featured game takes place in north London as England welcome Poland to Wembley Stadium.
Gareth Southgate and his Three Lions will be aiming to make it three wins out of three in their opening set of qualifiers, leaving them in control of Group I even at this early stage.
England also received a boost that Robert Lewandowski would take no part in the game after he picked up an injury.
All the live coverage and build-up to tonight’s game to follow shortly.
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