Quality of possession ensures England victory against wobbly Poland.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain inspired an England victory as they move within 3 points on securing a World Cup place next year.
Goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Leighton Baines moved England within 3 points of securing a place in next years World Cup after they beat a Poland team who could not tuck away their chances, with Robert Lewandowski failing the find the net multiple times.
England XI vs Poland
(4-3-3) Hart; Walker, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines; Jones, Henderson, Lampard(c); Oxlade-Chamberlain, Townsend, Rooney
Subs: Foster, Ward-Prowse, Milner, Lambert, Gibbs, Gerrard, Walcott, Johnson, Wilshere, Welbeck, Rodriguez.
Poland XI vs England
(4-2-3-1) Szczesny; Olkowski, Glik, Perquis, Boenisch; Krychowiak, Borysiuk; Polanski, Blaszczykowski, Obraniak; Lewandowski.
Subs: Boruc, Dorda, Kandziora, Wszolek, Jutkiewicz, Klich, Grosicki, Matuszczyk, Kittel, Fabianski.
The game began with an electric atmosphere with many Polish fans chanting and trying to make the stadium as hostile as possible for England, however Lampard had a very calm head and started pinging passes around the Polish midfield.
England started to attack well, as they were catching out Poland on the break and Henderson was able to play the ball through a gap in Poland's back-line but Rooney was stopped in his tracks due to the linesman's flag, and after detailed analysis, he made the right call.
However England were able to make a breakthrough when Lampard won a free-kick around 35 yards from the goal, he took it and swung it into the far post where Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was lurking, and the young Arsenal winger was able to connect with the ball well and smash it into teammate Szczesny's top corner to give England a well deserved lead.
Poland tried to respond and almost did when Lewandowski was played through after Polanski slipped a ball past Kyle Walker and allowed Lewandowski to be one-on-one with Joe Hart, you would have put money on Lewandowski equalising for Poland but the Dortmund forward could only find the fingertips of Joe Hart as he diverted the ball away and Phil Jones was able to claim the ball and play it forward.
Soon after Poland had a free-kick around 25 yard from goal, and Lewandowski stepped up to take it, he fired the ball over the wall but Joe Hart was able to hold on and played the ball forward quickly to Rooney who was able to hold up play, he waited for support and Leighton Baines galloped forward past Rooney, who was able to flick the ball into his path and Baines cooly finished past Szczesny to make it 2-0 England.
After the break, Poland put pressure on England and yet again Robert Lewandowski couldn't convert his chance after he was given enough space to have a shot, but the in-form striker got his angles all wrong and hit the ball away from Joe Hart and past the far post.
Poland continued pushing England but they could not create anything and England were able to control the midfield for the last stages of the game to ensure a very well earnt win for Roy Hodgson's men and will give England the chance to qualify for the World Cup if they beat San Marino at home in a months time.
Roy Hodgson's Post Match Comments:
"The whole team performed superbly out there tonight, they held up play well and took their chances. I am very pleased with the way we won the game and how we defended in the second half. I am aware that if we beat San Marino next month we'll have qualified for the World Cup but we cannot get complacent and we will work very hard next time we meet up to secure qualification for the World Cup next year."