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Poland 1-1 England: Damian Szymanski ends the Three Lions’ 100 per cent record in World Cup qualifying

Poland 1-1 England: Damian Szymanski ends the Three Lions’ 100 per cent record in World Cup qualifying

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arry Kane’s excellent second-half strike was not enough to keep England’s 100 per cent record in World Cup qualifying alive in Warsaw.

The Three Lions captain beat Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny from all of 35 yards with a fine spinning effort with 18 minutes to go in a hard-fought and feisty clash at the Stadion Narodowy on Wednesday night.

Kane’s 41st England goal – he has now scored in 15 consecutive qualifiers -looked to make it six wins from six on the road to Qatar.

However, Damian Szymanski popped up to head in Robert Lewandowski’s back-post cross deep into second-half stoppage time to keep Poland’s own World Cup hopes alive.

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England remain top of Group I and firmly on course to reach the finals next winter, but questions may be asked of why Southgate opted not to make any substitutions at all.

Before the game, jeers for the visitors’ national anthem was drowned out by rapturous applause, but there were then loud boos and whistles when England’s players took the knee ahead of kick-off.

Southgate reverted back to the same XI that started last week’s thumping win over Hungary after having the luxury of being able to change his entire team for the 4-0 rout of minnows Andorra at Wembley on Sunday.

The first half was a competitive and feisty affair, with duelling marksmen Kane and Lewandowski both missing decent chances.

Kane’s header back across goal was cleared after he was perfectly set up by Raheem Sterling, while Lewandowski could not quite get enough purchase on the ball to lob Jordan Pickford after a fine lofted pass into the box from the tricky Karol Linetty.

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Adam Buksa also came within a whisker of connecting with Tymoteusz Puchacz’s inviting back-post cross.

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