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Friday, 18 October 2013 09:46

England qualify for World Cup

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England beat Poland 2-0 at Wembley to confirm qualification for the World Cup in Brazil in Summer 2014.

It was a must win for Roy Hodgson’s men, who only had thoughts on winning Group H and therefore miss being in the dreaded play-offs. The English squad dealt with the pressure well, as they had to deal with a loud Polish crowd and realisation that only a win would suffice as they learnt early on in the game that Ukraine was in the lead against San Marino. The English win proved to all their supporters that when required, the players have the ability and determination to get the results.

It was also a great result for English sports betting fans who took the gamble of an England win, and there would have been quite a few scorecasts to be paid out on Rooney scoring first and England winning 2-0! The game was tense from the start and Poland were not looking like a team that had no hope of qualification. But as the game progressed England started to exert pressure on the Polish, especially with an in-form wingers Baines and Townend. Man of the Match, Wayne Rooney was another player who was playing with confidence and made some exquisite paases that worried Poland and Szczesny!

It was therefore inevitable the Manchester United striker took the pressure off just before the end of the first half, with Gerrard making sure of the win with a second goal in the 88th minute of the match. Welbeck came close to getting himself of the score sheet on several occasions but could not convert in front of goal, which was unfortunately the same story for Liverpool’s Sturridge. However, the threat was there and I am certain that Roy Hodgson will have faith that his strikers will come good in Brazil!

England are not anywhere close to being favourites next summer in Brazil, but the experience will be invaluable for the young players in the squad and with no pressure on the team, it maybe just what they need to get a good run together and surprise a few people!