(EFE) .- The English team signed a full of victories in this first window towards the World Cup in Qatar 2022 with a victory suffered against Poland by 2-1.
The English, who arrived at Wembley after beating San Marino 5-0 and after winning 2-0 in Albania, confirmed their third win in the international match window, beating a depleted Poland.
The goals of Harry Kane, from the penalty spot, and of Harry Maguire five minutes from the end inclined some Poles who could not count on their top star, Robert Lewandowski, injured for the next few weeks and who found themselves with the momentary draw thanks to a blunder by John Stones.
With an eleven clearly influenced by the absence of the Bayern Munich striker, the Poles went to Wembley to try to contain an England that gradually refines its pieces for the European Championship and is increasingly closer to Qatar.
Gareth Southgate, the ‘Three Lions’ strategist, put up a starting team similar to the one he beat in Albania, with the only change from Ben Chilwell to Luke Shaw. Although they had trouble penetrating the defense of five of the Poles, a boarding by Raheem Sterling, one of the team’s fittest players, led to the demolition of Michal Helik and the penalty designated by Bjorn Kuipers.
From eleven meters, he transformed Kane, scoring his 34th goal for England, which puts him 19 behind Wayne Rooney’s all-time record, which he seems to be destined to reach at some point in his career.
The English had everything under control, but John Stones insisted on complicating it in an isolated play. The Manchester City center-back fell asleep taking the ball, his wallet was stolen in front of the goalkeeper and Jakub Molder, in the first approach of the Poles, beat Nick Pope and made the tie.
England had more than half an hour to take the win and they did it with five minutes remaining, when Stones redid his mistake. In a corner, he won the ball with his head at the far post and left it to Maguire for him to impale from the penalty spot.
That goal sealed the triumph of England, the third in the three games they have played and which allows them to lead Group I with nine points, two more than Hungary, three more than Albania and five more than Poland.