England and Poland drew 1-1 to end Gareth Southgate’s perfect record in the World Cup qualifiers this year after Damian Szymanski cancelled out Harry Kane’s earlier strike
Harry Kane has opened up over the mysterious melee that occurred at half-time during England’s clash against Poland on Wednesday night.
The Three Lions could have all but qualified with a win at the National Stadium in Warsaw.
But a lifeless first-half seemed to kick into action after the referee blew the whistle with both teams involved in a full-on brawl as they descended down the tunnel.
Kamil Glik and Harry Maguire ended up receiving bookings while the referee Daniel Siebert spoke at length to captains Kane and Robert Lewandowski.
Fans were confused over what started the fracas though footage did emerge of Glik pulling Kyle Walker’s neck moments before the first-half drew to a close.
At the time, the Manchester City star did not react but tensions boiled over as the teams made their way to the dressing rooms on a heated night.
And Kane has revealed that the incident has been reported to the FA, who are now investigating the matter.
He said: “There was an incident just before half-time which has been reported to the FA guys.
“They’re taking care of it and investigating it and we’ll go from there.
“Allegedly it was something that was done, not said. We haven’t had a chance to look at the footage and talk to the lad.”
That seemed to explode the game into life, though, with England looking the more pressing team in the second half.
Poland’s defence remained resolute until Kane smashed a long-range effort that swerved past former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny’s reach.
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England appeared to be sailing towards a victory that would have meant wins over Andorra and San Marina would guide them into the Qatar World Cup next year.
But the home side ramped up their efforts with time edging closer to the end as the raucous crowd roared them on.
And Poland fully deserved their 92nd-minute equaliser, which came through a thumping header from Damian Szymanski, netting his first goal for his country.
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It gives the Poles hope of qualifying from the group after falling behind to Albania, who have had a very successful international break after beating Hungary and San Marino.
Gareth Southgate also echoed the words of his captain when asked about the matter at half-time.
He said: “We’re getting to grips with what that was. There’s been a report put in and we need to find out a little bit more about what’s happened.
“At the moment we’re still gathering all the evidence so there’s no point in me speculating any further.”