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England 2-1 Poland: Maguire spares Stones’ blushes in qualifying win

Harry Kane’s penalty had given England a well-deserved lead by the break, but Gareth Southgate’s side did not make the most of their chances and allowed the visitors back into the game.

Stones was badly caught in possessionon the edge of his own penalty area by Brighton’s Jakub Moder – who then took a pass from Arkadiusz Milik and finished well past Nick Pope 13 minutes after the restart.

With time ticking away, Stones made amends at the other end – his athletic header at the back post off a corner allowing Maguire to rifle home a great volley with five minutes left on the clock.

Following wins against San Marino (5-0) and Albania (2-0) last week to top Group I, England were further boosted by the absence of the injured Robert Lewandowski at Wembley.

Poland sat deep from the first whistle, and England got the lead they were looking for as Raheem Sterling’s clever footwork drew a penalty 19 minutes in. Kane waited for former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to go to his right before dinking down the middle for his 10th England spo-kick – more than any other player.

The one criticism of England’s first-half display was a lack of a ruthless edge, and they were made to pay after the break as Moder took advantage of Stones’ error.

However, Stones atoned for his mistake with an assist for Maguire to make it three wins from three for England.


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