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Harry Kane scores belter for England against Poland but Robert Lewandowski has last laugh in striker duel

Harry Kane scores belter for England against Poland but Robert Lewandowski has last laugh in striker duel

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The Poland captain may have failed to find the back of the net for the first time this season but it was his cross that set up Damian Szymanski’s stoppage-time equaliser.

A 1-1 draw does little to harm England’s progress towards the World Cup – even if the manner of the two dropped points will be of particular frustration to Gareth Southgate.

The Three Lions had weathered first-half pressure, been the better side in the second half and took the lead in the 72nd minute through Kane.

It was almost as if Lewandowski gave him the idea.

England’s captain, no doubt frustrated by a lack of goalscoring opportunities, decided to try his luck from distance.

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It was a ferocious, dipping, swerving effort from 32 yards that an unsighted Wojciech Szczesny was slow to react to.

Moments earlier Lewandowski tried similar, failing to get any power on a low drive that was easily collected by Jordan Pickford.

In this battle of two of the world’s best finishers, it was Kane who scored in his 15th consecutive World Cup or European Championship qualifier.

England remain comfortably clear at the top of Group I – and so the man who is so desperate to challenge for major silverware at club level may once again look to his country as his greatest chance of success.

How Lewandowski must crave to be surrounded by such quality when wearing Poland’s shirt.

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The 33-year-old has won everything with Bayern Munich but it is a different story with his country, where he stands out as the only world-class player at coach Paulo Sousa’s disposal.

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