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Nothing Certain as England Chases World Cup Dreams
nytimes.com ^ | October 11, 2013 | ROB HUGHES

Posted on 10/14/2013 3:11:50 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper

England, the country that gives so many of the world’s 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. England’s 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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1 posted on 10/14/2013 3:11:50 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Roy Hodgson: 'We are in danger of Poland blocking England from Rio success'
ENGLAND boss Roy Hodgson has warned that Poland will want to replicate the deeds of 1973 and wreck the Three Lions march towards next summer's World Cup finals.

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."

2 posted on 10/14/2013 3:16:14 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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England 1-1 Poland (1973) WCQ
3 posted on 10/14/2013 3:20:46 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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England v Poland: Leighton Baines ready for 'tough' game

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 Hodgson’s boys to the dreaded play-offs.

4 posted on 10/14/2013 3:28:45 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Roy Hodgson and England ease the weight but memories of 1973 bear down
National team now know their task to keep Wembley off their shoulders and prevent Poland repeating history

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.

5 posted on 10/14/2013 3:36:36 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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England could face revitalised France should they fall at last hurdle
Roy Hodgson's side could meet France in a World Cup play-off if England fail to beat Poland in their final qualifying match
6 posted on 10/14/2013 3:39:53 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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ping


7 posted on 10/14/2013 3:41:55 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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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.


8 posted on 10/14/2013 4:25:15 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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At least this time England doesn’t have to deal with the “clown”, Tomaszewski.


9 posted on 10/14/2013 5:18:18 AM PDT by dfwgator
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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...)


10 posted on 10/14/2013 5:32:57 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Tomaszewski will be there - Cheering!


11 posted on 10/14/2013 5:34:14 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Too bad this time the Poles won’t qualify...shame, because they have plenty of talent, but their association is a joke.


12 posted on 10/14/2013 5:38:58 AM PDT by dfwgator
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I would have liked to see Mexico out of the WC, but it does look like they’ll make it......barely.


13 posted on 10/14/2013 5:39:59 AM PDT by dfwgator
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Absolutely. Either way tomorrow will be a great game to watch.

the White Eagles of Poland

14 posted on 10/14/2013 5:45:41 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Mexico is like a cornered animal - Dangerous!


15 posted on 10/14/2013 5:47:05 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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THAT game at Wembley was a bitter end for Ramsey and his golden boys
There was agony but no ecstasy, vaulting endeavour but no happy landing.

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 England’s golden age.

16 posted on 10/14/2013 5:56:11 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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USA! USA! USA!

Klinsmann proud of USA 'personality'

17 posted on 10/14/2013 6:44:00 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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England should have hired Clough.

BTW “The Damned United”, great movie.


18 posted on 10/14/2013 6:55:05 AM PDT by dfwgator
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The Damned United Trailer HD
19 posted on 10/14/2013 7:00:31 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Is England split off from Scotland and Wales, or something like that?


20 posted on 10/14/2013 7:01:29 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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spotters from police forces in Poland are going to be on watch at Tube stations and at Wembley Stadium. They will swoop on known hooligans who may have come to cause trouble.

France to make FIFA complaint

Bradley blasts 'insensitive' Ghana

21 posted on 10/14/2013 7:03:37 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Ireland all field separate national teams for World Cup competition.


22 posted on 10/14/2013 7:05:31 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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We're already in. I would love to see us win the World Cup once. Most people in The States would simply say 'huh?' and the rest of the world would be really po'ed!
23 posted on 10/14/2013 7:07:13 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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Ethnic divisions will be put aside on Tuesday as the people of Bosnia-Herzegovina unite behind their team's bid to seal a place in next year's World Cup finals.
24 posted on 10/14/2013 7:07:27 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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How did the Welsh, Scottish and the Irish lose their way?
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
I learned from 40-a-side matches, it didn’t matter if you were five or 50, you became involved in a game and you learned how to play.

NORTHERN IRELAND
I don’t think players don’t want to play for their country – absolutely not – it’s just that maybe club football, what with the national side not going anywhere, might be more important.

SCOTLAND
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.

WALES
A lot of our players aren’t ready yet, but they will be in a few years.

25 posted on 10/14/2013 7:25:34 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Wayne Rooney closes in on England's top scorers of all time
The ultimate target is Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time England record of 49 goals. He needs just 13 more to top it.
26 posted on 10/14/2013 7:42:39 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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ANY hopes that England will face a demoralised Poland team tomorrow night now they can no longer qualify for the World Cup finals have been swiftly shattered.

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.

27 posted on 10/14/2013 7:45:48 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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World Cup qualifiers: The countries facing an anxious Tuesday
28 posted on 10/14/2013 7:57:43 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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I would say, GO Costa Rica! Put Panama would also need to beat the US to knock out Mexico, and I can't root for that.

At least, GO HONDURAS!, so Mexico has to at least play NZ in the playoff.

29 posted on 10/14/2013 8:00:07 AM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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Yep, this is basically Poland’s World Cup.


30 posted on 10/14/2013 8:00:59 AM PDT by dfwgator
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Fans vandalize World Cup stadium in Brazil
31 posted on 10/14/2013 8:09:25 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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and Poland will have 18,000+ fans there. This will be a real match.


32 posted on 10/14/2013 8:12:34 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Joachim Löw keen on Swede revenge
"The (German) team has done well and we're happy to qualify, but we definitely have a score to settle against Sweden," said Löw.

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.

33 posted on 10/14/2013 8:25:14 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Is there any chance that there will ever be a united UK team? It’s a shame that England.never goes.very far.


34 posted on 10/14/2013 9:57:26 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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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).


35 posted on 10/14/2013 10:09:50 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Chelsea defender Ashley Cole out of final qualifier against Poland

Hodgson expecting sleepless night

Jack Wilshere's preparations for tomorrow night's critical World Cup qualifier against Poland were disrupted earlier today - by the call of nature.

36 posted on 10/14/2013 10:15:15 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Nigeria team bus attacked in Ethiopia, Nosa Igiebor sustains injury
37 posted on 10/14/2013 10:19:01 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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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.


38 posted on 10/14/2013 10:28:08 AM PDT by matt1234 (obamacare: the "New Coke" of the 21st Century)
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Video: Roy Hodgson's worry over England World Cup qualifier against Poland

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,"

39 posted on 10/14/2013 10:47:27 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Steven Gerrard should make shock England switch - Sheringham
Kyle Walker, who started against Montenegro, will be suspended after picking up a caution on Friday, and with Glen Johnson out through injury, it was expected that either one of Phil Jones or Chris Smalling would come into the side. However, Sheringham believes England captain Gerrard could be the ideal candidate to fill the void.

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]

40 posted on 10/14/2013 11:10:16 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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Comment: Hodgson faces right-back dilemma for Poland test
England manager Roy Hodgson must select a team to beat Poland on Tuesday minus his two preferred right-backs: Glen Johnson and Kyle Walker. Johnson is still out with an ankle injury and Walker picked up a booking for stupidly pulling back Montenegro skipper Stevan Jovetic on Friday.

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.

England's attacking intent nothing new - Hodgson

41 posted on 10/14/2013 11:31:26 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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