Thursday 18 October 2012
England were held to the second draw of their qualifying campaign when their delayed match with Poland in Warsaw ended 1-1.
Less than 24 hours after the Group H match was postponed for a waterlogged pitch, the two sides filed out into the National Stadium.
Wayne Rooney gave England the lead on 31 minutes when a corner from Steven Gerrard came off his shoulder and went into the net. It was the Manchester United forward's third goal for England in two matches after he scored twice against San Marino on Friday.
Increasing pressure from Poland finally paid off on a heavy pitch when Kamil Glik headed in the equaliser in the 70th minute. The Poland goal came just after Rooney had spurned a good chance to double England's lead, but sent Danny Welbeck's pullback over the bar.
The draw put England alone at the top of Group H on eight points after four games. They lead Montenegro and Poland, who have both played a game fewer and have seven and five points respectively.
England team: Joe Hart (Man City); Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Joleon Lescott (Man City), Ashley Cole (Chelsea); Michael Carrick (Man United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool); James Milner (Man City), Wayne Rooney (Man United), Tom Cleverley (Man United); Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur). Substitutes: Danny Welbeck (Man United) for Defoe, 67min; Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) for Rooney, 73min.
For a review of Tuesday's other 2014 World Cup qualifiers from Europe click here.