Skip to comments.Nothing Certain as England Chases World Cup Dreams
Posted on 10/14/2013 3:11:50 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
England, the country that gives so many of the worlds top players employment and huge salaries in its Premier League, remains tenuously on the brink of the World Cup.
A 4-1 home win over Montenegro at Wembley Stadium on Friday looked comprehensive, but on a raw, wet and windy night, it took an own goal, a penalty, a predatory strike from Wayne Rooney and a fabulous debut goal from the Tottenham winger Andros Townsend to subdue Montenegro. Englands passage to Brazil for the finals next year is not yet assured.
England still needs to beat Poland at Wembley on Tuesday because Ukraine, now just one point behind, is all but certain to defeat San Marino.
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England v Poland 1973: When Clough's 'clown' stopped England
None of the England team were laughing at the end of a completely one-sided match that saw them take 36 shots to Poland's two, force 26 corners, hit the woodwork twice and have four efforts cleared off the line.
But Tomaszewski has much happier memories.
"I have never watched the game again," he told BBC Sport. "But if you have a game like this, you always remember it in your heart. I can wake up in the middle of the night and remember every minute."
Lawro on England: Why the Three Lions' biggest worry against Poland is themselves
Yes, Poland have their inspirational captain Jakub Blaszczykowski and quality striker Robert Lewandowski.
But where else are they going to hurt you?
The biggest danger for England is England. We did well on Friday night (even if you do take into account that Montenegro are an average side).
But how often have you seen us string together two performances of top quality?
The danger men: How England could get Pole-axed on Tuesday
England face Poland in a must-win World Cup qualifier on Tuesday so we look at the five men who could consign Roy Hodgsons boys to the dreaded play-offs.
England give Poland 10,000 extra tickets for crucial clash
England's hopes of securing qualification for the World Cup in Brazil next summer have been dented by a seemingly short-sighted FA plan to offer Polish fans thousands of extra tickets for Tuesday's crucial match at Wembley.
I would be shocked if England failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
But not half as I shocked as I will be if anyone manages to beat Brazil at home next summer.
At least this time England doesn’t have to deal with the “clown”, Tomaszewski.
What I would really like to see is England against France in a World Cup qualifying play-off. Can you imagine?
(Please God, I never ask for anything for myself...)
Tomaszewski will be there - Cheering!
Too bad this time the Poles won’t qualify...shame, because they have plenty of talent, but their association is a joke.
I would have liked to see Mexico out of the WC, but it does look like they’ll make it......barely.
Mexico is like a cornered animal - Dangerous!
There were chances galore but no celebrations, endless recrimination but no rational explanation.
The last time Poland paid a World Cup visit to Wembley they brought down the curtain on Englands golden age.
England should have hired Clough.
BTW “The Damned United”, great movie.
Is England split off from Scotland and Wales, or something like that?
England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Ireland all field separate national teams for World Cup competition.
I dont think players dont want to play for their country absolutely not its just that maybe club football, what with the national side not going anywhere, might be more important.
Bosman stunted the flow of players. The club chairmen went for getting players from abroad for a bit more in wages but on free transfers instead of having your own players coming through. It meant there were less players available for the national team.
A lot of our players arent ready yet, but they will be in a few years.
Captain Jakub Blaszczykowski and star striker Robert Lewandowski have both made a point of saying they are coming to Wembley to give England a bloody nose. They will be backed by more than 18,000 partisan Poles.
At least, GO HONDURAS!, so Mexico has to at least play NZ in the playoff.
Yep, this is basically Poland’s World Cup.
and Poland will have 18,000+ fans there. This will be a real match.
Germany [is] unbeaten in their last 31 qualification matches for either a World Cup or European Championships dating back to their 3-0 defeat to the Czech Republic in October 2007.
Is there any chance that there will ever be a united UK team? It’s a shame that England.never goes.very far.
I think absolutely not but maybe a UK person knows better. I would like to see England in the WC. I don’t really care about Wales (no offense).
The headline and exerpt are misleading. Even if England loses to Poland and finishes 2nd place in their group, they can still go the Brazil 2014 by winning a playoff between 2nd place teams.
England defender Gary Cahill has admitted that he does not know what to expect of Poland when the two sides meet in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier at Wembley Stadium.
"It's a bit nervy in the sense that we don't know what to expect,"
http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/international/england-v-poland-roy-hodgson-believes-fa-were-virtually-forced-into-increasing-away-support-allocation-by-10000-tickets-8879559.html [link only]
It's a considerable problem for Hodgson, not least because whoever he picks at right-back will almost certainly find himself up against Poland's marauding captain Jakub Blaszczykowski.
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