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2 vs 0
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October 16, 2013 12:30 AM IST
Wembley Stadium — London
Referee:‬ D. Skomina‎
Attendance:‬ 85186‎
 
41′ Wayne Rooney
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: England 2-0 Poland

The Three Lions booked their place in next summer's World Cup with goals from Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard in a thrilling encounter at Wembley on Tuesday night

By Greg Stobart at Wembley

  • Joe Hart
    22
    6
    3.00

    Joe Hart

    The Manchester City keeper made a crucial one-on-one save in the second-half to deny Lewandowski and looked confident whenever called upon.

  • Chris Smalling
    13
    20
    1.50

    Chris Smalling

    Looked nervous and uncomfortable out of position at right-back. Offered little going forward but was more solid after the break.

  • Gary Cahill
    14
    7
    2.50

    Gary Cahill

    The Chelsea defender had to be very alert to Lewandowski's movement, particularly in the second-half. Made some important interceptions and nearly scored with a header from a corner at the other end.

  • Leighton Baines
    40
    6
    4.00

    Leighton Baines

    An excellent performance from the Everton man and he is now pushing Ashley Cole extremely hard to be England's first choice left-back. Always bombing forward and providing dangerous deliveries, including a superb cross for Rooney's goal.

  • Phil Jagielka
    17
    8
    2.50

    Phil Jagielka

    Made a couple of loose passes early on but, on the whole, was strong defensively up against the threat of Lewandowski.

  • Andros Townsend
    36
    8
    3.50

    Andros Townsend

    Another impressive performance from the Tottenham winger. Ran at the Poland defence and got his head up to make good decisions in the final third. Shooting was also a threat and he hit the bar with a stunning strike from 25 yards.

  • Michael Carrick
    27
    12
    3.00

    Michael Carrick

    Justified his inclusion in the starting line-up at the expense of Frank Lampard. Protected the back four with his positioning and started England attacks with crisp, precise and forward-thinking passing.

  • Steven Gerrard
    57
    23
    4.00

    Steven Gerrard Top of the Match

    The Three Lions captain led by example with his energy and drive from central midfield - and he deserved his late goal to clinch England's place at the World Cup. Snapped into tackles and joined attacks whenever possible with high tempo passing and movement.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    12
    20
    2.50

    Daniel Sturridge

    Sometimes a little ponderous and selfish but led the line well, while his trickery and creativity helped link attacks in the final third. Came close with first-half shot fired straight at Szczesny.

  • Danny Welbeck
    13
    20
    2.50

    Danny Welbeck

    His defensive work, willingness to cut inside and his link-up play were important for England tactically. Panicked in front of goal with poor finishing, though.

  • Wayne Rooney
    56
    7
    4.00

    Wayne Rooney

    After England had missed a string of chances, the Manchester United striker scored his 38th England goal in the 41st minute. Continually picked up the ball between the lines and found incisive passes or shot at goal. He will be the Three Lions' main man at the World Cup.

Substitutions

  • Frank Lampard
    7
    19
    2.00

    Frank Lampard

    Came on for Carrick much to the confusion of the crowd in the 71st minute. Seemed off the pace of the game.

  • James Milner
    7
    9
    2.00

    James Milner

    Replaced Townsend four minutes from time.

  • Jack Wilshere
    19
    12
    2.50

    Jack Wilshere

    Kept the ball well after coming on for Sturridge in the 82nd minute - and played the pass from which Gerrard scored England's second goal.

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    29
    1
    4.00

    Wojciech Szczesny

    The Arsenal goalkeeper showed why he was selected over Boruc as he produced some outstanding saves in both halves, although he could do nothing about Rooney's goal.

  • Artur Jędrzejczyk
    4
    3
    2.00

    Artur Jędrzejczyk

    The centre-back made a couple of crucial interceptions to clear crosses from Baines but was often caught out positionally by England's attacking movement in the first 45 minutes. Much improved in the second-half but booked for a clumsy challenge on Sturridge.

  • Grzegorz Wojtkowiak
    3
    3
    2.00

    Grzegorz Wojtkowiak

    The left-back was constantly burned for pace by Townsend and was too often unable to show the England winger outside onto his weaker right foot.

  • Kamil Glik
    1
    6
    1.50

    Kamil Glik Flop of the Match

    Lost Rooney for England's goal and was statuesque at times, despite a couple of decent interventions to stop the hosts creating chances.

  • Piotr Celeban
    4
    2
    2.50

    Piotr Celeban

    The right-back handled Welbeck well enough in one-on-one situations but was often sucked inside, allowing Baines to attack the space. Offered very little going forward.

  • Adrian Mierzejewski
    3
    1
    3.00

    Adrian Mierzejewski

    Looked dangerous when he had time to pick passes on the counterattack and picked two great passes for Lewandowski, who should have scored on each occasion.

  • Grzegorz Krychowiak
    2
    2
    2.50

    Grzegorz Krychowiak

    Offered little protection for the back four - and nearly scored an own goal in the second-half - but was very tidy on the ball as Poland used the ball much better after the break.

  • Jakub Blaszczykowski
    7
    2
    2.50

    Jakub Blaszczykowski

    A threat on the counterattack and had moments of real quality, including a clever stepover and a mazy dribble, but should have been more involved in the game.

  • Mariusz Lewandowski
    1
    4
    1.50

    Mariusz Lewandowski

    On the periphery of the game and had little involvement before being replaced by Klich at half-time.

  • Waldemar Sobota
    3
    2
    2.50

    Waldemar Sobota

    Scored a disallowed goal in the final stages of the first-half but otherwise struggled to really influence the game. Replaced by Peszko in the 65th minute.

  • Robert Lewandowski
    4
    10
    2.00

    Robert Lewandowski

    The Borussia Dortmund star was always going to prove Poland's biggest threat - and England will be thankful for his wayward finishing. Excellent movement but missed two glorious chances to score for the visitors.

Substitutions

  • Mateusz Klich
    3
    1
    2.50

    Mateusz Klich

    Came on at half-time and saw a goal-bound shot blocked with his first involvement. Offered clever passing in central midfield.

  • Piotr Zielinski
    2
    2
    2.50

    Piotr Zielinski

    Came on for Mierzejewski in the 75th minute but failed to find the killer final pass.

  • Slawomir Peszko
    1
    3
    2.50

    Slawomir Peszko

    Some neat interchanges after replacing Sobota in the 65th minute without ever seriously threatening England's defence.

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