Poland v England as it happened

As it happened

By Chris Bevan - BBC Sport

In summary

  • Result: Poland 1-1 England
  • Glik levels for hosts on 71 mins
  • Rooney heads England in front on 31 mins
  • England remain unbeaten in qualifiers
  • England top of group, one point clear of Montenegro

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  1. 1824

    Time for me to bid you farewell. It's been an extremely eventful - not to mention entertaining - international break which ended a bit later than planned in Poland because of the Warsaw weather. Was England's game worth waiting an extra day for? No, not really. Still, at least we have got the Premier League to look forward to at the weekend. Thanks for keeping me company over the last few hours - I'll see on you on Saturday.

  2. From Rich Newman: "Usual clueless stuff from the armchair fans on twitter who seem to think England should win every game 10-0. A point's a point, get over it!"

  3. From Jason in Morden: "Calm down everyone. Unbeaten, in Pole position ('scuse the pun) to qualify and a below-par performance (meaning we can get better). Difficult circumstances to play in, we got away with it. If Roy Hodgson's meant to be sacked as one person suggested, would he be the first unbeaten manager after more than 10 games to get the heave-ho?!!!"

  4. 1819

    England have two friendlies - away against Sweden on 11 November and at home to Brazil on 6 February - before they resume this qualifying campaign with a trip to San Marino (or wherever they stage the game) on 22 March.

    Then comes what looks like a crunch trip to their nearest rivals Montenegro on 26 March. No room for any slip-ups there.

  5. 1814

    A bit more from Roy Hodgson, this time explaining why he took Wayne Rooney off with 17 minutes to go.

    Hodgson said: "He scored but I don't think he was having one of his better days and was tiring."

    It's difficult to disagree with that assessment... but Rooney was not the only one looking out of sorts, was he?

  6. Kamila Jelonkiewicz (external): "Very decent match for Poles!!!! Well done! hoping for win next time."

  7. 1809

    Like Steven Gerrard, England boss Roy Hodgson is a lot happier with the result than his team's performance.

    "I don't think it was one of our better performances," Hodgson said. "But there are lots of factors that need to be taken into account. The pitch was soggy. It was suited to long ball game not a passing game. The extra 36 hours or so staying here in a hotel didn't help. Having said that I am pleased with point as I don't think we played well. We might find it is an important point.

    "I thought after they scored we had one our better spells. At the end I think we were closer to a 2-1 win than they were. We showed the necessary character and it gives me heart for the future as we are still unbeaten."

  8. 1805

    Two things we've 'learned' tonight: England still can't pass, even when they try to, and they still prefer to lump it long rather than try to play pretty football. Still, penalty shoot-outs aside, Roy Hodgson is unbeaten in 11 games as national boss. There's something positive for you...

  9. Jamois on Twitter (external): "All this talk about our players is nonsense. we have some good resources not being used. Hodgson OUT please."

    FootballPessimist on Twitter (external): "All those who defend Hodgson's appointment have no right to complain. This is how his teams play and England lack quality."

  10. 1802

    England goalkeeper Joe Hart admits his mistake from a corner led to Poland's equaliser.

    "I came out and didn't get there," Hart said. "It's my fault and that's cost us the three points. We have to believe that is a good point. The pitch wasn't great but it's the same for both teams."

  11. Sam Townsend on Twitter (external): "Shocking! No, creativity, skill, speed of thought or execution. Poor and outplayed. We dont dribble, beat a man, or pass & move."

    Toby Millington on Twitter (external): "England are the Stoke City of Internationals. Ordinary players, boring style, but you have to say, incredibly hard to beat."

  12. 1759

    England captain Steven Gerrard agrees his side performed far below their best in their draw with Poland, but he does not seem too unhappy with the result.

    "I think time will tell if it's a decent point," Gerrard said. "The lads are disappointed. We know we can play better - after taking the lead we should have seen the game out. We are disappointed. Our points tally could be a lot better but this is a tough place to come. I thought they handled the pitch a bit better than us."

  13. Jack Allum on Twitter (external): "Milner- poor, Hart- poor, Lescott poor, Rooney poor, Carrick was poor... England are terrible, shouldn't be 5th in rankings."

    Andrew Taylor on Twitter (external): "Too many slugs in England's midfield, all of them have the mobility of a canal barge."

    CJ on Twitter (external): "Gerrard looks as if he needs a mobility scooter these days,he may have the passion,but for me he no longer has the legs."

  14. From Stacy in Sutton: "All them England fans who came home yesterday and this morning should be grateful that they didn't have to watch that load of rubbish in the cold and wet of Warsaw. It's now time for the English fans and media to realise that we are not a good team, not by a long shot!"

  15. 1755

    Not too many England players had a good game tonight, did they? The defence emerges with some credit, even if their distribution was as bad as the rest of the team. James Milner put some good crosses in too, but that's about it.

  16. Joseph Foster on Twitter (external): "Zero Pace, Zero Conviction, Zero Ambition. Just like the England teams of old. A lot of average players."

    Aman Sheth on Twitter (external): "Well, that was a rubbish game. If England can't win against Poland, what's going to stop the top teams from trashing us."

    Catherine Foreshaw on Twitter (external): "Surely this can't be the best England has to offer! Another poor performance!"

  17. phil_mcnulty_bw122x110
    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the National Stadium in Warsaw

    "Poland's supporters applaud their players at the final whistle, happy with the point that they deserved. England will be disappointed to concede but in reality they should be grateful that such a mediocre performance brought them some reward."

  18. taylor
    Former England manager Graham Taylor - BBC Radio 5 live

    "England go back with a point but it is about winning the home games and gaining qualification. Poland were the better team today and they will feel unfortunate not to have won the game so it is a good point for England in the end.

    "Managers make decisions which they think are the right ones. Wayne Rooney scored the goal, but wasn't in the game at all. Oxlade-Chamberlain was quite threatening when he got the ball. It was an uncharacteristic error from Joe Hart and he will be unhappy with that, he doesn't make many of those."

  19. 1748

    England were unconvincing but they remain unbeaten in Group H, with two wins and two draws from their four games. That's enough to keep them top too, one point ahead of Montenegro.

  20. 1748
    FULL-TIME Poland 1-1 England
  21. 1747

    England still can't pass the ball but it looks like they will be picking up a point in Poland.

  22. Ian Lebbern on Twitter (external): "Poland game is no shock; let's not forget how BAD Euros were. Couldn't pass the ball. Why don't we start with that?"

  23. 1745

    There will be three minutes of added time in Warsaw, where the score remains 1-1.

  24. 1744
    SUBSTITUTION Poland's Ariel Borysiuk for Ludovic Obraniak

    Not such an attacking change by Poland this time. The 90 minutes are almost up and they bring on Ariel Borysiuk, a holding midfielder. Is Polish coach Waldemar Fornalik happy with a point?

  25. 1743

    Joe Hart might not be feeling nervous but, every time Poland get a corner, I am. Joleon Lescott gets up to head clear and, when the ball is played back into the area, Hart deals with it.

  26. 1741

    And another decent delivery from James Milner follows soon afterwards. This time Przemysaw Tyton cuts out his low ball before it can reach Danny Welbeck.

  27. 1740

    England have been under the cosh a bit of late but they haven't given up on all three points either. Danny Welbeck has fared much better than Jermain Defoe when it has come to holding the ball up and this time he feeds James Milner on the right before dashing into the box, to glance a header off target. That goes down as a chance.

  28. From Jon in Eastleigh: "England looked better under Steve McLaren than Roy Hodgson. No imagination and far too many ordinary players like Johnson, Milner and Carrick. If we want to be on the plane to Brazil, something needs to change."

  29. 1737
    SUBSTITUTION Poland's Arkadiusz Milik for Kamil Grosicki

    Another change by the Poles, with about eight minutes left. They throw on another striker, Arkadiusz Milik, for midfielder Kamil Grosicki and they want all three points here.

  30. 1737

    Another Poland corner, and again Kamil Glik gets on the end of it. This time, his header soars over the bar.

    If Joe Hart is feeling a bit shaky after his part in Poland's equaliser, he is not showing it, Hart just had to deal with a very tricky bobbling back-pass with Robert Lewandowski closing him down.

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