England Draw, Southgate Questioned

AdminSeptember 11, 2021

WARSAW: Gareth Southgate admits England still have work to do to qualify for the 2022 World Cup after Damian Szymanski

scored a goal for Poland in a 1-1 draw in Warsaw.

The Three Lions still lead Group I with a four -point advantage over Albania and five points over Poland.

Harry Kane put England ahead with 18 minutes left but Szymanski secured a point for Poland with an equalizer in injury time after heading in a Robert Lewandowski pass.

With clashes against Andorra and San Marino awaiting in the remaining four games, the chances of qualifying for Qatar are wide open for Southgate’s men.

However, the question arises as to why the England boss did not use the English Premier League stars who were on the bench when the team seemed to be struggling to get a goal.

For the first time since the Euro 96 semi -finals, England have not made any player exchanges.

Instead Polish boss Paul Sousa took advantage of all five exchanges allowed, including by including Szymanski.

“We dominate the game. You can bring in players when things get tough at the next level.

“We knew if we won we would qualify for Qatar. But it didn’t happen and we have to keep trying. I don’t blame the players after what they showed,” Southgate said.

England bounced back from the disappointment of the Euro 2020 final by thrashing Hungary and Andorra 4-0 previously.