WORLD CUP QUALIFYING - UEFA

Slaski Stadium

Referee: Gianluca Rocchi | Attendance: 43000

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Poland

  • Kamil Glik 70'

1 - 1

FT

England

  • Wayne Rooney 31'
Watch Live on: ESPNDeportes, ESPN3.com
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    James Tyler: Bye for now!

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    James Tyler: Right, thanks for joining me for England's latest bland performance! See you all back here on Saturday as the English Premier League returns.

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    James Tyler: Of course not. Then again, Rule 7 (I think I'm up to 7) of soccer: ignore the FIFA Rankings. They're completely useless.

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    [Comment from GoonerFan]
    could this england side come within 3 goals of the brazil squad we saw against Japan? embarassing Fifa rankings.

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    James Tyler: Yup. Point. England has a point. From Poland.

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    [Comment from Will]
    At least they got the point, and that's all that really matters in the end.

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    James Tyler: Me and Rog Bennett. Come eat breakfast with us. Or drink it, as is your wont.

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    James Tyler: Tottenham v. Chelsea.

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    James Tyler: Saturday morning. 7.30am ET

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    [Comment from _DanMason via Twitter]
    Heading into the pod RIGHT NOW with @JohnBrewinESPN @JamesHorncastle @MiguelDelaney & @HEGS_com

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    James Tyler: OUR NEXT BOOT ROOM:

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    James Tyler: Follow me on Twitter too, if you'd like. No pressure.
    @JamesTylerESPN

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    James Tyler: Right, your bonus Wednesday Boot Room must close. I have work to do. If you're looking for something to read, try my overview of Tuesday's WCQ fun:
    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/blog/_/name/espnfcunited/id/1153?cc=5901

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    James Tyler: You won't be alone in saying that, either. I reckon the English press might agree. They'll be emo about this for a few days until the Prem begins again.

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    [Comment from Diane]
    I'd call that a lucky draw for England - could have been bad

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    James Tyler: Not blasphemous at all. I'd say some of the players, judging by their performances, feel similarly.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    This may be blasphemy but I prefer the club championships to the national ones

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    James Tyler: Just kidding. A bit of a limp one. Poland more intriguing and exciting, England holds on just about for its point.

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    James Tyler: FULL TIME: Poland 1, England 1. Well worth the wait! Wowowowowowowowow

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    James Tyler: Not sure. Might be a little more wear in the leg muscles, but you do what you're told.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    How does this game being on Wednesday instead of Tuesday affect the players who are supposed to play on Saturday?

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    James Tyler: Yeah but needs to harness it better. Learn a couple more tricks.

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    [Comment from Philly Fan]
    How exciting is oxelaide-chamberlain? Unreal speed

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    James Tyler: I'd say Poland deserved a win here. But England will surely be happy to escape the Warsaw cauldron with a point. Would keep them in control of the group.

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    James Tyler: Looked tired, nervous, apprehensive. The usual.

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    [Comment from LOL Golden Gen]
    What stuff have England done?

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    James Tyler: Three minutes of added time. 90 seconds of it remaining.

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    James Tyler: Oxlade-Chamberlain tries to make something happen on the right but fouls Mierzejewski.

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    James Tyler: International football can be staggeringly easy sometimes. You don't need to be Spain to play effectively.

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    James Tyler: Note that Poland hasn't done anything mind-boggling or innovative today to ruffle England. Just simple stuff: pressure the opponent when in possession, break with pace, exploit the flanks to stretch the defense. Simple stuff.

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    James Tyler: Job well done by Ludo. Been good and inventive in midfield.

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR POLAND: Ludovic Obraniak gets warm applause as he exits, replaced by Ariel Borysiuk.

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    James Tyler: Into the final minute of normal time.

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    James Tyler: Obraniak swings it in but Lescott heads it clear with authority. Joe Hart collects the follow-up cross.

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    James Tyler: Oh, I've got several, thank you. I'm well prepared and the Boot Room is well stocked.

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    [Comment from Diane]
    someone hand James a paper bag

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    James Tyler: Good defending by Glen Johnson blocks Mierzejewski's cross. Corner for Poland. Obraniak marches out to take it.

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    James Tyler: ENGLAND IS NOT PLAYING THIS WELL AT ALL. Whoa. I feel better now.

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    [Comment from Will]
    Well if you believe in the old phrase 'draw away win at home,' then England is playing this quite well.

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    James Tyler: 87th minute. England with a concerted spell of pressure. Good low cross by Milner skids across the six-yard box but TYTON holds on under pressure from Welbeck. Could have been 2-1 easily.

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    [Comment from Keller]
    Sloppy from England. Dear, dear.

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    James Tyler: Welbeck aims a header wide.

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    James Tyler: Welbeck can't keep possession, Poland breaks again.

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    James Tyler: 85th minute. Poland largely in the ascendancy.

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    [Comment from Mac]
    Milik widely thought to be the second coming of Lewandowski, supposably on Juve's radar

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    James Tyler: Anything Woy can do with Oxlade-Chamberlain, Poland can match with Milik.

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    James Tyler: A teenaged striker on for the hosts.

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR POLAND: Grosicki off (he waned in the second half after a lively first), Arkadiusz Milk.

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    James Tyler: England tries to string three passes together in the Polish half. It doesn't work. Ball hoofed downfield but Jagielka tidies up. Just.

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    James Tyler: Set piece nodded over the bar by Glik.

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    James Tyler: 10 minutes left. Another Poland corner.

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    James Tyler: Indeed. Because he played well for the NT (for once) and his supporting cast was exemplary also. Pepe rock solid at the back. Miguel Veloso in midfield. All-round team effort.

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    [Comment from Bill]
    CR7 took Portugal to the semi's at Euros

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    James Tyler: Different game back then. Modern era much tougher.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    Not even Maradona?

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    James Tyler: England corner. Gerrard takes it short to Milner but his cross/shot drifts on top of the net. Goal kick, Poland.

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    James Tyler: I'm not trying to be unfair. Just that the idea of one amazing player can drag a national team to victory is equally mythic. It's a TEAM game.

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    [Comment from Pat]
    To be fair to Messi, he's never struggled for Argentina. He always created all their chances but didn't get the goals. People are all of a sudden praising him cause he's scoring now. Always thought that was a myth. Ronaldo doesn't score goals or even perform well for Portugal.

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    James Tyler: Sorry - tech lag. Hart forced to tap a cross over the bar, giving the hosts another corner. It's just about dealt with: foul in the box.

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    James Tyler: No. I think England is very good at organizing, but the game's more than that. Need creativity and the confidence to not only control games, but dominate and put them away.

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    [Comment from Sasha]
    Do you think one of the problems with England is that Hodgeson like an organized side that's tough to break down, but it doesn't work for England because they don't have the time necessary to get so organized?

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    James Tyler: In the grand scheme, not a ton. Only four games played once this concludes, and Montenegro/Poland both must visit "mighty" Wembley.

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    [Comment from LOL England]
    If England lose, how does that affect their qualifying for the WC?

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    James Tyler: Oof. Ted!

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    [Comment from Ted Football]
    I haven't seen that many Zs since the last time Chris Murphy moderated a chat!

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    [Comment from JamesDallESPN via Twitter]
    England like statues.

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    James Tyler: Phew. Thanks.

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    [Comment from Olive]
    It means one more! one more!

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    James Tyler: Chance for England: good mazy run by Oxlade-Chamberlain down the right. His cross is sharp but a communication mix-up between Wasilewski and TYTON concedes a corner. Set piece amounts to nothing.

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    James Tyler: All the momentum with Poland now. Just 15 minutes left.

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    James Tyler: I hope that's not swearing, Mac.

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    [Comment from Mac]
    JESZCZE JEDEN! JESZCZE JEDEN!

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    James Tyler: Much harder for any "talisman" to thrive at the int'l level because they're playing with different teammates. See: Messi's struggles to elevate Argentina, or Ronaldo's inability to vault Portugal into the global elite.

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    [Comment from Seth]
    Why is it that Gerrard can't provide talismanic performances for the national side?

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR ENGLAND: Rooney off, Oxlade-Chamberlain on. Difficult day for Wazza.

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    James Tyler: Free kick for Poland as Lescott elbows Obraniak under a high ball.

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    James Tyler: He'll be pilloried for that. And rightly so. Brainless decision to storm out and not get it.

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    [Comment from Stiff]
    Where was Hart when They needed him???

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    James Tyler: I practically expect this to get worse. I'm ingrained to believe that it will. That said, England threw away leads vs. Sweden at the Euros and rebounded with aplomb.

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    [Comment from Adrian]
    This might turn ugly for England, they've been outplayed so far this half and they might lose this

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    James Tyler: Dire by Joe Hart. Lescott outleapt by Glik but what was Joe Hart thinking coming out for that?

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    James Tyler: Corner floated in, Joe Hart comes out but doesn't reach it and Kamil Glik nods it home quite comfortably.

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    James Tyler: ZONAL MARKING CALAMITY

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR POLAND!

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    James Tyler: Corner for Poland...

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    James Tyler: He's being asked to do two different things for United and for England. The two don't mesh necessarily and his overall performance suffers as a result. Hard to transition.

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    [Comment from griffmike28]
    That problem with Rooney's role is also affecting United this season

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    [Comment from Sean]
    there's your answer about Rooney...ugh

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    James Tyler: Milner breaks upfield, plays Welbeck through onside, a two-on-two break. Welbeck rounds TYTON but can't shoot from a narrow angle, and when Rooney arrives to meet the cut-back pass, he wallops it over the bar from inside the box.

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    James Tyler: Chance for England! Horribly wasted!

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    James Tyler: They need something other than this passive rubbish.

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    [Comment from Will]
    Bring on Shawcross. England need that Stoke City nastiness.

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    James Tyler: More tumult for England as Piszczek gets round the back yet again. Cross doesn't connect with a teammate in the box. Cleaned up by Glen Johnson, who's arguably been England's sharpest player today.

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR ENGLAND: Defoe off, Danny Welbeck on.

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    James Tyler: All a bit aimless. Left to chase the ball, track back, do everything but what he's generally asked to do: shoot, create scoring chances.

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    [Comment from HM Sactown]
    what do you make of Wayne's performance so far?

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    James Tyler: 66 minutes gone. England could use a sub or five.

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    James Tyler: No, it totally is. I've got Kuba's name down pat. This Mierzejewski will take some time.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    It's not worse than Blazsczychowski.

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    James Tyler: Free kick for England but Defoe can't turn it in. Should have made it 2-0.

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    [Comment from JamesTylerESPN via Twitter]
    I wrote this about Tuesday's #WCQ fun. Spanish boredom, Low's malaise and Uruguayan ennui: j.mp/VanClK

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD, POLAND: Glik keeps his hand up and swats at a Glen Johnson cross.

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    James Tyler: Lukasz P is highly coveted for his wing back swagger. And rightly so. I'd expect a big move for him in the next 18 months.

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    [Comment from Bill]
    Piszczek is probably a better fullback for Dortmund than Lahm at Bayern just dosen't get the pub.

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    James Tyler: I'm afraid to have to type that, but I'll soldier on.

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    James Tyler: SUB FOR POLAND: Pawel Wszolek off, Pavel Mierzejewski on.

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    James Tyler: Half-hearted tug on Glen Johnson by Wszolek inside the Poland penalty area. Some contact but no penalty awarded.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Poland! Cross in from the right is tapped down to Piszczek, who gallops in from the right flank to thump a volley narrowly wide. Looked like Hart had it covered but tough to say.

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    James Tyler: So much room for Poland in possession. They're just picking their passes. Quite stunning, really.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Poland! Glen Johnson blocks a shot he didn't even see coming.

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    [Comment from JamesDallESPN via Twitter]
    Poland pressure, England hoof it clear, Defoe chases. Repeat.

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    James Tyler: But please don't leave live chat in order to read. Wait until full time. Thanks.

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    James Tyler: PLUG ALERT: My look at some of the fun stories from Tuesday's WCQs
    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/blog/_/name/espnfcunited/id/1153?cc=5901

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    James Tyler: Be assertive? They're sitting deep behind the ball and seemingly inviting pressure, allowing Poland to build attacks.

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    [Comment from Sasha]
    What do you think England has to do to get back in the game?

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    James Tyler: So, 56 minutes gone and England hanging on against Poland. That's right: hanging on.

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    James Tyler: Good point. But then again, no-one does hyperbole better than the English. We're amazing at it.

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    [Comment from griffmike28]
    Blaszczykowski is also Poland's regular captain. Imagine if the press made as much of that as they did of England playing without its captain lately.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    Rule 6. Don't sell the naming rights to your historic pitch. The fans won't forgive you.

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    James Tyler: Murawski is another handy, combative midfielder who could help further turn up the pressure on England.

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    [Comment from Bill]
    Anybody on the Poland bench we should know about that can level?

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    James Tyler: named*

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    James Tyler: Rule 5: Don't sell your club to someone names Tom Hicks.

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    James Tyler: Shot by Wszolek is curled on target from the left corner of the box, but floats right into Hart's gloves. Easy save.

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    James Tyler: Exactly, Rob. Two of the worst colognes around. And never good foundations for wise purchasing.

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    [Comment from Rob]
    The January window reeks of deperation and greed.

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    [Comment from Brian]
    Arshavin to Arsenal was in the January transfer window...actually, it was the February 1st transfer window.

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    James Tyler: Another storming right wing sortie by Piszczek but his cross doesn't get past Joleon Lescott. England floundering a bit here. 53rd minute.

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    James Tyler: Yes. Hurt. I wonder how England would be faring with him bearing down on the flank.

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    [Comment from Matt]
    Where is Jacob Kuba Blas........ski? I see he isn't on the bench so i assume injured? That is a big miss for Poland. He would have added that extra attack

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    James Tyler: Rooney then smashes a cross in for Defoe but Wasilewski hooks it away from danger.

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    James Tyler: Good run by Gerrard to meet Milner's clever chipped pass down the right but a superb tackle by (I think) Polanski to snuff out the danger.

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    James Tyler: I said "rarely." Remember Andy Carroll. Fernando Torres to Chelsea. Juan Sebastian Veron.

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    [Comment from Doug]
    Newcastle begs your pardon on Rule #4. See Ba, Demba and Cisse, Papis. I believe both were January acquisitions. Jelavic for Everton as well.

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    James Tyler: In that they're both tall and have struggled to score many this season? Absolutely similar.

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    [Comment from Chicago Gunner]
    Llorente and Giroud are relatively similar style-wise, aren't they? It'd be tough to fit both into the side without Arsene changing a bit from his usual style.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Poland! Obraniak shoots from distance. Not closed down by Phil Jagielka. Joe Hart palms it over the bar. Corner to Poland.

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    James Tyler: Lovely move down the left with Wszolek free in behind Glen Johnson. His cross is scrambled clear.

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    James Tyler: Rule 4: The January transfer window is rarely your friend.

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    James Tyler: Very energetic opening to the second half, this. Poland resuming its work down the flanks.

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    James Tyler: Llorente isn't French, so doubtful.

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    [Comment from Brian]
    The cheaper Llorente's asking price, the more interested Le Arsene will be

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    James Tyler: But... they got Bendtner.

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    [Comment from Bill]
    Llorente to Juve... must be.

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    [Comment from JamesDallESPN via Twitter]
    Emphatic "ONE OF YOU" shout from @marklomasESPN as England fluff an attack.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Poland! Mistake by Jagielka allows Wszolek a chance to shoot -- the Everton defender whiffed on his clearance -- but Glen Johnson slides in to the rescue.

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    James Tyler: No firm buyers yet, but he's having such a dire season that many will come in with low-ball bids, surely.

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    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    Falcao isn't the only La Liga striker up for auction. Any word on Llorente?

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    James Tyler: Rule #3: never buy your team's away kit. You'll regret it immediately.

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    [Comment from Rob]
    Very Nice James. Rule 3?

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    Well we all know the gentleman's agreements don't mean anything. See Moyes, David and Redknapp, Harry.

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    James Tyler: We're ready to resume at Warsaw National Stadium...!

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    James Tyler: Rule one of soccer: don't trust anything Mourinho says.
    Rule two: always surround a referee. Some of them will cave.

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    [Comment from Doug]
    Supposedly (according to Mourinho), there is a "gentleman's agreement" between the Madrid clubs to not poach players from each other. I'm not buying it in Falcao's case; the man is too good a footballer.

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    James Tyler: Nope. Not at all.

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    [Comment from Bill]
    Would Liverpool take back Torres if Chelsea buy Falcao?

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    James Tyler: I do think Spurs will look to ruffle Di Matteo's feathers. Could be a fun one. Good way to segue back into the club calendar.

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    James Tyler: I'm highly excited, yes, not least because we'll have a Breakfast Boot Room. 7.30am ET. Join me and Rog Bennett for that.

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    [Comment from Dave]
    Looking forward to Chelsea v Tottenham? Im expecting to AVB to egg Chelsea's Bus

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    James Tyler: Also being bandied about by the Spanish press but I'd be hard-pressed to see such inter-rival dealing. Unless Real offers a price that can't be refused.

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    [Comment from Matt P]
    Any chance Falcao moves to in city rival Real Madrid ?

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    James Tyler: As do I. A reasonable subs bench for England today.

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    [Comment from WyoSportsFan]
    I hope Oxlaide-Chamberlin and Jonjo Shelvey get some playing time in the second half.

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    James Tyler: Chelsea appears to be the favorite to sign Mr. Falcao.

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    [Comment from Bill]
    Where will Falcao be playing next year? HT, I'm bored..

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    James Tyler: Yes, some. Lots of mid-afternooners, too.

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    [Comment from willie]
    there will be night games as well in 2014?

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    James Tyler: The 2014 World Cup will be not much different, sadly. Games kicking off in early-mid afternoon for those in the USA.

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    [Comment from Ace]
    I hate the fact that all "football" games seem to be played in my office hours nowadays!

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    James Tyler: That said, his name is superb. TYTON.

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    James Tyler: TYTON is not first-choice, no. Injuries to Wojciech Szczesny has given him a chance once more. TYTON isn't currently first-choice at PSV, right. Waterman has assumed the #1 spot there.

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    [Comment from Chicago Gunner]
    What's the current pecking order for Polish goalies? Tyton made quite a splash with that penalty save at the Euros... but is he first-choice? second? third? if both of the Arsenal men were healthy?

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    James Tyler: We've got reports up at ESPNFC.com on the latest developments. But nothing even remotely hinted at in Warsaw, no.

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    [Comment from Shannon]
    Any problems with racism after yesterday's U-21 debacle?

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    James Tyler: England, mind, has little response for Lewandowski's improvisational brilliance should he choose to use more of it. His elegant no-look flick that freed Grosicki for a wide-open shot should have yielded the equalizer.

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    James Tyler: Indeed: a shaky 1-0 halftime lead is the very essence of OK.

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    [Comment from FOP Aaron]
    Good afternoon, JT. The sun is shining here in your homeland. Looks like England is doing OK today.

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    James Tyler: Hodgson would say a draw in mighty Poland is creditable, but we all know England needs to start tucking teams away.

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    James Tyler: Mine too. I think.

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    [Comment from Ace]
    1-1 is still my prediction

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    James Tyler: Possession:
    England 63%, Poland 37%

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    James Tyler: Shots on target:
    Poland 0, England 1

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    James Tyler: Shots on goal:
    Poland 4, England 3

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    James Tyler: (vomits)

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    [Comment from Nate]
    England's performance comes down to not starting any players from the country's best club - Arsenal!

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    James Tyler: See, it's all how you look at it. The international game, compared to the long domestic season, is brutish and short. The margins for error are much thinner. The period of time in which to thrive is much narrower. Most national teams play low-risk, at least until they feel confident/competent enough to break out.

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    [Comment from WyoSportsFan]
    Too many absentee players out on the pitch tonight. Roy's plan of producing boring and risky football has certainly come to fruition. We all know England are not as good as they are made out to be but certainly they are better than this?

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    James Tyler: Bit of both, CG.

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    [Comment from Chicago Gunner]
    Faux motivational bunk? Or a brilliantly hilarious gambit? I'd love to see him reveal the names at the end of the season just to get a glimpse of the look on his face when he receives three immediate transfer requests.

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    James Tyler: No clue. Games don't start until Feb 6 so it might be a while. Plus all the logistics to suss out.

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    [Comment from Redstorm Fan]
    Quick US question. Any idea when we will get the Hex schedule? I would presume its going to be a little bit.

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    James Tyler: Maybe Ian Ayre, managing director/idiot, is one of the names. Who can say.

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    James Tyler: But fun to watch.

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    James Tyler: Was a "Being: Liverpool" reference. A particularly hilarious scene in which Brendan Rodgers holds up three envelopes and says he's written the names of three people at the club that will let him down this season. Faux motivational bunk.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    What exactly does "in the envelope" mean?

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    James Tyler: HALF TIME: Poland 0, England 1. Home side deserves better.

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    James Tyler: Panic for England as Lewandowski works free up the middle, only Glen Johnson races him down and sweeps the ball back to Hart.

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    James Tyler: No -- think Rodgers wrote down Joe Cole, Pepe Reina and Jay Spearing. Or it was all nonsense filmed for TV

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    [Comment from Green]
    JT do you thin Glen Johnson was one of the players "in the envelope"?

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    James Tyler: 44th minute.

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    James Tyler: Should have shot across goal. As such, he went near post and missed the target.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Poland! Lewandowski flicks it artfully, beautifully over the English defense for Grosicki to latch onto but he fires wide inside the box.

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    James Tyler: Good bustling run by Milner down the left past Grosicki but he overhits his cross. Glen Johnson keeps it in on the right flank but then hoofs it over the bar. Poor cross.

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    James Tyler: Rooney and Milner almost connect inside the box for Milner to shoot but it's cut out and cleared.

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    James Tyler: Foul called against Krychowiak on Gerrard in midfield.

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    James Tyler: I think he will in due course. That said, I don't see the harm of blooding the next generation in these tricky games of consequence. In fact, the mix of old-young should be automatic.

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    [Comment from Chris C]
    James, may I ask do you really think Tom Cleverly deserves a starting 11 spot?

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    James Tyler: Point your computer to ESPN3.com

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    [Comment from Remote Control]
    What channel do I need to turn to in order to view this game in the USA?

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    James Tyler: Carrick gives the ball away for what seems like the hundredth time already. Good Polish move upfield eventually wins the hosts a corner.

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    [Comment from PC]
    That guy must be from BILLgium

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD, ENGLAND: Ashley Cole booked for -- get this -- wasting time. We're in the 39th minute.

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    James Tyler: Um, OK.

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    [Comment from Bill]
    If this were Belgium-England it would be 2 nill Belgium by now.

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    James Tyler: Well, plenty of the best teams are wise to employ plenty of non-English players.

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    [Comment from Adam]
    England are just so boring. which is crazy because the epl is not.

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    James Tyler: Poland attacking in waves yet unable to break through.

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    James Tyler: Lewandowski battles with Milner for a high ball but is called for a foul as he nudges the City midfielder off the ball.

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    James Tyler: He's a very direct player. Will fight for any ball.

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    [Comment from Adrian]
    Lewandowski looks like the most impressive player on the field. The ball seems to stick to him at times and he is attacking a lot

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    James Tyler: Ball cleared to Cleverley and the United midfielder fires wide from distance.

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    James Tyler: Free kick for England wide on the left. Gerrard angles it in for Rooney but Poland hangs on.

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    James Tyler: 10 minutes to half time.

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    James Tyler: Truth!

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    [Comment from Will]
    Poland still look like the greater threat even with the set piece goal.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Poland but Wawryzniak fires over from 25 yards.

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    James Tyler: England's defense hates direct running. Lewandowski unafraid to take on his markers.

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    James Tyler: Better from Poland.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Poland! Lewandowski's run into the box on the left is sharp enough, he slots it for Wawryzniak who'd made the infield run but he hesitates to shoot and Joe Hart eventually falls on the loose ball. To be fair to the left back, the ball looked like it would be blocked off before it reached him, so his hesitation was perhaps more like surprise that he had a shooting chance.

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    James Tyler: Jeez, some people just are never happy!

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    [Comment from Jon]
    So, the roof is open on a day it rains and THEN closed the next day when it is sunny outside?

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    James Tyler: Lack of aerial authority in the box costs the Polish hosts.

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    James Tyler: ZONAL MARKING.

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    James Tyler: Gerrard corner, Wayne Rooney's late run and a simple header glanced in at the far post. Piszczek misses his marker.

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    James Tyler: England flexes its set piece mojo!

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    James Tyler: GOAL FOR ENGLAND!

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    James Tyler: Gerrard tries to squeeze into the box between Wasilewski and Piszczek, winning a corner for his troubles.

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    James Tyler: 30 minutes gone. Poland 0, England 0. The home side looking livelier and have created the better chances.

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    James Tyler: Or they lack the creativity to unlock a good defense.

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    [Comment from KevNJ]
    When England have most of the possession in matches, it's like they don't know what to do with it...

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    James Tyler: Nah, he has a future. Simply too young to say otherwise. Plus if you're an England fan, do you really want to put all your hopes on Jack "Sick Note" Wilshere to lead this midfield?

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    [Comment from Rudy]
    Shelvey is reckless, he'll never make an impact for England! Disappointed he's even made the bench!

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    James Tyler: Chance for Poland! Lewandowski muscles past Tom Cleverley to get inside the box, takes an extra touch and rifles a low shot across Joe Hart. Fizzes past the post, too. Maybe waited too long to shoot.

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    James Tyler: Was eligible for Scotland via his grandfather. Had paternal ties to the Republic of Ireland also.

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    [Comment from Joe]
    Shelvey had other international opportunities? For who?

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    James Tyler: Milner wallops in a cross from the right that Wawryzniak blocks out for a throw-in. Moments later, a flowing move nearly plays Defoe in at the near post but Marcin Wasilewski muscles in. Corner, England.

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    James Tyler: Not sure. Clearly some discussions between Pearce/Hodgson about which players they wanted. Shelvey needed an England cap so he was stuck with England for his int'l future. Henderson's simply not playing well enough to merit anything above U21.

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    [Comment from Walt White]
    Why is Henderson on U21 and not Jonjo?

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    James Tyler: @JamesTylerESPN

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    [Comment from Dan (Missouri)]
    Mr. Tyler, what is your twitter handle?

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    James Tyler: Nice interplay by Gerrard and Rooney at the top of the box but Rooney can't fashion room for a shot.

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    James Tyler: Chance for England: Gerrard shoots from the top of the box but it's blocked.

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    James Tyler: Much tougher opponent, WOY.

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    [Comment from WOY]
    Why so many changes to the line up - thought we played quite well against san marino.... especially Chamberlain.

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    James Tyler: England really laboring early on. Good Poland pressure when the visitors are in possession. Polanski doing manful work in the heart of midfield.

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    James Tyler: He's hurt! My poor fingers are spared!

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    [Comment from Herzogschild via Twitter]
    England are playing very like England.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    I hope Blazszychowsky does a lot in this game so you have to keep typing that name. I'm assuming he's playing. And I probably screwed up that spelling.

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    James Tyler: Nope, none yet. All to be figured out.

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    [Comment from Drew]
    Any word on US venues for the hex?

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    James Tyler: Polanski comes off second-best in a tackle but he's fouled. Free kick for Poland just inside the England half. Lofted into the box by Obraniak but Lescott heads it firmly clear.

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    James Tyler: Not sure -- first game is Feb 6.

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    [Comment from Charlie]
    Do you know when the schedule for the hex will be announced?

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    James Tyler: Poland's deficit isn't in attack. It's their slow CBs and lack of a composed midfielder that hinders them.

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    [Comment from Bill]
    Poor Poland, what could be if Podolski and Klose played for them. Nice stadium though, and good fans over all.

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    James Tyler: Easy save for TYTON. Rooney's cross from the left edge of the box is an air ball.

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    James Tyler: England getting killed on the wings, really.

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    [Comment from Jan in Cardiff]
    Can't believe I missed the start of this. Anything exciting so far?

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    James Tyler: I'd say the U.S. has one if they improve their road form. Would wager on a toss-up between Honduras and Jamaica for the other auto spot.

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    [Comment from Walt White]
    So.... Mexico is the favorite for one spot- what about the other 2?

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    James Tyler: Three automatic -- fourth has a playoff with a team from Oceania. Winner of that advances also.

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    [Comment from Rudy]
    How many teams make it to Brazil form the Hex?

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    James Tyler: Defoe hounded into giving up the ball inside the Poland box. A quick break upfield but sharp defending by Jagielka to snuff out any emerging danger.

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    James Tyler: Yeah. A restorative result for Klinsmann and the USMNT. Panicked early but responded very well. Still, the Hex line-up is brutal.

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    [Comment from Doug]
    Your impression of the USA effort last night? First 5 minutes- ugly. Last 85 minutes- pretty solid IMO.

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    James Tyler: England is lucky, without a doubt. Not with the tempo at all thus far.

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    [Comment from Bill]
    England are lucky Kuba is not playing. Would make Milner look like a school boy.

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    James Tyler: More room down the wing for Poland: Wawryzniak in behind Glen Johnson but Lewandowski fouls Phil Jagielka as the pair tussle for the cross.

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    James Tyler: Milner has room on the right to cross but Glik clears.

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    James Tyler: Yes -- so far. Poland has great attacking full backs but surprising that England is being caught so narrow.

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    [Comment from Peter]
    are england just getting killed on the flanks?

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    James Tyler: Sorry -- Pisczek was in the box on that last chance.

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    James Tyler: Wawryzniak fires into the side netting from a narrow angle on the left.

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    James Tyler: Think it was Grosicki lurking in the box to attack that cross.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Poland: Piszczek surges again up the wing and thumps in a menacing cross. Joe Hart comes out sharply to clear before Lewandowski reaches it.

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    James Tyler: Good early start for Poland. 13 minutes gone and they've been far more lively.

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    James Tyler: That's always the case, Mike.

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    [Comment from Mike]
    I imagine there are alot of angry EPL managers at the moment

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    James Tyler: YELLOW CARD, POLAND: Eugen Polanski clips Jermain Defoe from behind as the Spurs striker breaks upfield.

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    James Tyler: These two teams have played five qualifiers and a PK's been awarded in every single game. So that should be fun.

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    James Tyler: More menace for the home side: Grosicki has a bounding run down the right in behind Ashley Cole. Wayne Rooney tracks back as a de facto left back to dispossess him well enough.

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    James Tyler: England under the cosh at the moment. Good run up the middle by Lewandowski, he finds Obraniak wide left but his cross in is blocked. Half-hearted appeal for a penalty that the ref ignores.

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    James Tyler: Chance for Poland! Good cross from Wawrzyniak but Grosicki can't properly connect on his open shot from 15 yards. England clears.

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    James Tyler: Piszczek getting plenty of room on the right. Hoists a cross in for Lewandowski that's scrambled clear. Then Wawrzyniak scampers down the left and wins a throw off Glen Johnson. Both Polish full backs getting forward.

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    James Tyler: Six minutes drift by.

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    James Tyler: Two games against everyone in your group. Group winners advance, and eight of the nine second-placed teams (the ones with the best records) endure a home-away play-off for the final four UEFA spots.

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    [Comment from Nate]
    So... Only the group winners go through automatically? Do the groups play each team twice then?

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    James Tyler: Not that I noticed, no. I'm sure if that was the case, Twitter would be on fire right now.

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    [Comment from Charlie]
    Were there any differences between the starting squads today and the ones announced before yesterdays game?

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    James Tyler: Long ball in search of Defoe's angled run. TYTON races out to collect.

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    James Tyler: Poland's turn to threaten but Lewandowski loses control down the right flank. England throw-in.

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    James Tyler: So do I.

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    [Comment from Brian]
    Gareth Bale and Clint Dempsey think Rooney went down too easily

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    James Tyler: Half-chance for England: a good Milner cross is floated to the back post, Rooney goes down in the box and appeals for a penalty.

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    James Tyler: Cleverley's dispossessed inside the Poland half. Piszczek gets forward up the right flank but the home side give it away softly.

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    [Comment from Mike]
    Polska! Polska! Polska!

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    James Tyler: Away we go!

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    James Tyler: We're ready to get started. Poland. England. World Cup qualifying. Catch the excitement!

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    [Comment from JamesDallESPN via Twitter]
    Arsenal: "Jack Wilshere and Bacary Sagna each played a full 90 minutes in a training ground friendly against Chelsea on Wednesday."

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    James Tyler: Poland: 22-Tyton, 26-Piszczek, 27-Wasilewski, 2-Glik, 14-Wawrzyniak, 7-Polanski, 8-Krychowiak, 13-Wszolek, 10-Obraniak, 21-Grosickim, 9-Lewandowski.
    Subs: 1-Kuszczak, 3-Wojtkowiak, 4-Komowski, 5-Borysiuk, 11-Murawski, 12-Skorupski, 17-Milik, 18-Mierzejewski, 19-Sobota, 20-Piech, 24-Perquis, 25-Sobiech

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    James Tyler: Lineups again:
    England: 1-Hart, 2-Johnson, 5-Jagielka, 6-Lescott, 3-Cole, 4-Gerrard, 8-Carrick, 7-Milner, 11-Cleverley, 10-Rooney, 9-Defoe
    Subs: 12-Walker, 13-Ruddy, 14-Baines, 15-Cahill, 16-Shawcross, 17-Oxlade-Chamberlain, 18-Shelvey, 19-Lennon, 20-Johnson, 21-Carroll, 22-Welbeck, 23-Forster.

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    James Tyler: The teams make their walk out at Warsaw National Stadium....

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    James Tyler: If you're not yet, you should be.

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    [Comment from Craig Levein]
    Speaking of me, I'm definitely fired yes?

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    James Tyler: I'd love it. Will it happen? Hard to say. At some point, a manager has to try something other than the England standard. But I can't complain much: they still go to international tournaments and play reasonably well, I suppose.

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    [Comment from scholesy]
    JT. what do you think of a future 4-3-3 with wilshire-carrick-cleverley pulling the strings?

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    James Tyler: Top of the Table:
    England - 7 pts
    Montenegro - 7 pts
    Poland - 4 pts

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    James Tyler: Stadium looks wonderful.

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    James Tyler: When has it ever boded well for England?

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    [Comment from Alan WWFC]
    The parallels between Roy Hodgson's tactics and Craig Levein's tactics are startling. Which doesn't bode at all well for England when they start facing up top-tier competition.

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    James Tyler: No clue. Hodgson sticking with the status quo. Don't think he views Poland away as a game for much experimenting.

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    [Comment from Dub]
    Why isnt Baines starting?

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    James Tyler: It's par for the course. Every England manager receives epic amounts of abuse, except most of it waits until they're fired/quit.

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    [Comment from Brian]
    Ah Steve McClaren, I don't think I've ever seen a manager as criticized as he was. Except Sven Goran-Erickson before him, and Fabio Capello after him.

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    James Tyler: Think those tickets were going to go to waste? Big day for Poland regardless of yesterday's shame.

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    [Comment from Adrian]
    Wow considering the consequences, the stadium is quite full

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    [Comment from Eric]
    Will someone tell me what Roy Hodgson is scared of? As a boy, I imagine he didn't read much Robert Lewis Stevenson at night.

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    James Tyler: That's why Milner is always selected. To neutralize. To nullify. To cancel out. England has such reductive, reactive tactics. It's all about snuffing the opponent and countering as opposed to a more proactive approach.

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    [Comment from Kiko]
    Milner is selected to counter the threat from the Polish wings

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    James Tyler: Remember how smooth things once looked for Steve McClaren. Then he got thumped by Croatia and hid under an umbrella.

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    James Tyler: It'll take a few murmurs to create a proper earthquake, Adrian, but you're not wrong.

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    [Comment from Adrian]
    Not a comment about this match, but England's group is turning out to be very unpredictable. The team that almost beat them at home, just lost to Montenegro. Things can get very interesting

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    James Tyler: Decent comparison. Milner's biggest asset is he'll work very very hard. Without much complaint, too. He's more versatile than Dirk is (can play all midfield spots, has deputized at full back before) but the workrate comparison is solid enough.

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    [Comment from KevNJ]
    Milner reminds me of a Kuyt type player. But with some more potential (that I'm yet to see)

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    James Tyler: Would expect Carrick and Gerrard dulling it up in the middle, with Cleverley "wide" left and Milner working stoically to little avail on the right.

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    [Comment from ESPNFC via Twitter]
    The U.S. beat Guatemala, but concern remains: they are strong at home, weak on the road says @rogbennett tinyurl.com/cenyohq

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    James Tyler: Right side of midfield. Hodgson enjoys using four CMs across the middle. Sensible. Dull. The likes of Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain appear to be secondary options if needed.

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    [Comment from scholesy]
    is milner used as a cm or a winger ?

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    James Tyler: Ha! Defoe certainly earns his starts, though he has always had to fight hard for love at the international level. As for the underwater part, it might still be played at that pace today.

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    [Comment from Eric]
    Glad to see JD get a start--too bad him and Roo are the only ones with any pace. Might as well have been played underwater.

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    James Tyler: Hard to say. Why leave the reigning Bundesliga champs? Not sure where he'd fit to be honest. Is Tottenham a big enough club for him? His style of play not quite suited to Chelsea, Arsenal has forwards now as does United. Could LFC afford him?

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    [Comment from KevNJ]
    Lewandowski in the EPL soon you think JT?

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    James Tyler: Hope you're right. Though Cleverley hasn't been the best striker in recent England appearances, not that it has mattered.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Hope we get an early goal to open up the game a little. I'm predicting an English 3-1 victory with Rooney, Cleverly and Milner scoring ...

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    James Tyler: That said, they're all one step closer to returning to their clubs and the resumption of domestic leagues this coming weekend -- Boot Room, Saturday 7.30am for Spurs-Chelsea, don't forget -- meaning the desire to fight for every 50/50 ball might be reduced.

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    James Tyler: Oh Danny, you underestimate me. I'll find my ways. Truth be told I'm still waking up following last night's fun. Beyond the USMNT game, I couldn't help but watch Mexico and the tail end of CONMEBOL. All of which makes for a sleepy JT today. I hope Hodgson brought his metaphoric dynamite today. One would hope the extra night's rest will make these two sides hungry to perform today.

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    [Comment from Danny]
    JT. Have a feeling you are going to be hard pressed to make this chat interesting! Good luck.

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    James Tyler: Keys for Poland beyond the obvious Mr. Lewandowski: Piszczek down the right flank from RB, Obraniak is a nifty operator in midfield as is Polanski.

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    [Comment from JohnBrewinESPN via Twitter]
    Gabriel Clarke gets one question and one question only. Roy Hodgson will always does the rest in a 20-minute interview slot.

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    James Tyler: Predictions? I'll say 1-1. A real war of attrition.

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    James Tyler: Best result for me was Macedonia over Serbia. But I did enjoy Bolivia thumping Uruguay.

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    James Tyler: Anyone believe this can live up to the fun of yesterday?

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    James Tyler: Bench, along with:
    Walker, Ruddy, Baines, Cahill, Shawcross, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shelvey, Lennon, Adam Johnson, Carroll and Fraser Forster.

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    [Comment from Guest]
    Where is Welbeck ?

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    James Tyler: Guessing this is a 4-4-1-1, so perhaps Cleverley and Milner on the wings?

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    [Comment from Kiko]
    who's on the left flank for england?

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    James Tyler: Because he's Andy Carroll? Not on form enough to justify the start.

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    [Comment from Brian]
    If it's about muscle, why no Andy Carroll?

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Goal Shot Video
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  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Poland

  • 12(6)

  • -

  • 9

  • 46%

    54%

  • England

  • 8(2)

  • -

  • 6

Match Stats

  • Poland
  • England
12(6) Shots (on goal) 8(2)
9 Fouls 6
7 Corner kicks 4
1 Offsides 1
46% Time of Possession 54%
2 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
3 Saves 4