Gareth Southgate (Getty Photos)
Harry Kane became England’s all-time leading penalty scorer on Wednesday as Gareth Southgate’s facet beat Poland 2-1 to put it three wins out of three and engage preserve watch over of their World Cup qualifying group.
The England captain’s 10th international operate from a squawk-kick became cancelled out within the 2d half by Jakub Moder after a defensive howler from John Stones.
But England regained the lead with five minutes left on the clock when Harry Maguire smashed home after central defensive accomplice Stones headed a nook encourage across operate.
The nervy opt at an empty Wembley formula England top Community I with 9 factors after wins earlier within the international window against San Marino and Albania.
Most productive the personnel that finishes top of the group are guaranteed a squawk on the World Cup finals in Qatar subsequent three hundred and sixty five days.
The company, who haven’t overwhelmed England since 1973, had been missing injured Bayern Munich sharpshooter Robert Lewandowski and had been depleted following a coronavirus outbreak within the camp.
England made perfect one trade from the facet that started Sunday’s match in Tirana, with Chelsea tubby-encourage Ben Chilwell coming in for Manchester United’s Luke Shaw.
Manchester Metropolis midfielder Phil Foden headed over from a Chilwell unpleasant early within the game as the hosts started on the front foot.
England took the lead their football deserved within the 19th minute after Raheem Sterling charged into the box and became upended by Barnsley defender Michal Helik.
Kane smashed the squawk-kick down the heart, giving Wojciech Szczesny no probability.
The operate forced Poland to be extra proactive but Sterling endured to glimpse unpleasant on the left facet of the England attack, nearly setting up Foden and then happening a slaloming plod into the opposition penalty squawk.
Szczesny made a good keep from a highly efficient Kane shot as England tried to flip the screw but for all their dominance, they had been forced to settle for a 1-0 lead on the destroy.
The home facet had been up to straggle before every thing up of the 2d half but did no longer put droop openings and the company equalised against the plod of play as Stones became caught in possession.
The Metropolis defender, who has been in glorious originate this season, became in no risk when he received the ball on the impartial facet of the England penalty squawk but Brighton’s Moder robbed him and lashed home after collecting an Arkadiusz Milik return plod.
Milik headed large when offered with of venture as England struggled to recapture their earlier rhythm against their galvanised opponents.
England huffed and puffed but Southgate stayed patient, refusing to flip to the substitutes’ bench and became rewarded by Maguire’s slack operate.