What a difference a game makes. There is renewed hope now that England can produce the goods to qualify for the World Cup in 2006. After a
disappointing result on Saturday against Austria (a 2-2 draw) England put that match behind them and this time didn't blow their final lead.
Paul Robinson replaced David James in nets, and Jermaine Defoe took Alan Smith's place, as Eriksson's side had a slightly different look to the team fielded four days earlier.
The night quite rightly belonged to Defoe after his magnificent goal in the 37th minute. Following an England free-kick which was headed out of play, Jermaine Defoe stayed up front to receive the ball after John Terry and Beckham had linked up. Defoe got passed Poland's defender to blast the ball past Dudek who had no hope of saving the strike. It was an excellent goal which will delight the youngester every time he sees the replay. England now had to stay focused and keep the lead, something they had failed to do in three of their last six games.
England did let Poland back into the game just after half-time. Lewandowski and Kosowski teamed up and played the ball down the centre of the
field to a waiting Zurawski, who tucked the ball past Robinson. With the game now level there was concern that England wouldn't get the three points they wanted. However, England buckled down to the task in hand and pressed Poland's defence. There was success when Gerrard found Cole,
who crossed the ball into Poland's area, and Glowacki managed to put the ball in his own net with Lampard and Owen bearing down on him. England took great care after the own goal to protect their lead and played some good football. This time they did not lose concentration and were able to come away the victors.
After the frist two games of the qualifying campaign, England are in second place with four points. Austria are in pole position on goal difference.
The next games in the competiton will take place in October.
Dudek #1, Mila #2 (Kukielka 63 mins - #14), Rzasa #3, Zewlakow #4, Glowacki #5, Bak #6, Rasiak #7 (Niedzielan 69 mins - 16), Krzynowek #8, Zurawski #9, Lewandowski #10, Kosowski #11 (Gorawski 80 mins - #17).
Subs Not Used: Boruc #12, Klos #13, Baszcyznski #15, Smolarek #18.
Robinson #1, G Neville #2 (Carragher 32 mins - #12), Terry #5, King #6, A Cole #3, Beckham #7 (Hargreaves 90 mins - #14), Lampard #8, Gerrard #4, Bridge #11, Defoe #9 (Dyer 87 mins - #15), Owen #10.
Subs Not Used: James #13, Wright-Phillips #16, Smith #17, Vassell #18. (Full Squad)
Poland Goal: Zurawski (48 mins)
England Goals: Defoe (37 mins), Glowacki - og (58 mins)
Poland Cautions: Glowacki, Kukielka
England Caution: Owen
Referee: Stefano Farina (Italy)