LONDON: Harry Maguire exploded late in the game as England beat Poland 2-1 this morning to dominate the World Cup qualifying group with three wins from three matches.
Captain Harry Kane gave Gareth Southgate’s side the lead from the penalty spot but they grew dimmer at Wembley who continued to be punished when Jakub Moder scored as a result of a mistake by defender John Stones.
England looked set to drop the first point of the campaign before the Manchester United defender saved the Stones’ error with five minutes left in the game with the help of the Manchester City player himself.
The win means England now lead Group I with nine points after comfortable victories over San Marino and Albania.
Only the top team of the group confirmed a place to the World Cup finals in Qatar next year.
“We were very good in the first half, we controlled the game and conceding a goal like that can make it difficult for the team,” Southgate told ITV.
“They kept the way of the game, they got back to the rhythm and got the win.”
The England boss praised the Stones who bounced back after a mistake he made, adding: “You can fall because of that mistake but he doesn’t.”
The visitors, who have not beaten England since 1973, lost Bayern Munich main striker Robert Lewandowski and faced a COVID-19-infected player in the national camp.