England v Poland - as it happened: The latest news and score from the World Cup qualifier at Wembley - Live coverage - The Independent

England v Poland - as it happened: The latest news and score from the World Cup qualifier at Wembley

By SIMON RICE


Rooney nods in the opening goal...
by Simon Rice (Online Sports... on Oct 15, 2013 at 8:58 PM


And the moment the captain went delirious knowing he had just ensured England's ticket to Brazil...
by Simon Rice (Online Sports... on Oct 15, 2013 at 9:56 PM

Welcome to The Independent's coverage of tonight's World Cup qualifier between England and Poland.

See minute-by-minute text commentary, the best images from the match and which set of fans were the loudest below...
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    • ENGLAND QUALIFY FOR THE 2014 WORLD CUP AS WINNERS OF GROUP H
    10/15/2013 4:25:05 PM
  • Welcome to The Independent's coverage of tonight's crucial World Cup qualifier against Poland.
    10/15/2013 4:22:25 PM
  • 10/15/2013 4:26:08 PM
  • 10/15/2013 4:27:01 PM
  • Michael Carrick is expected to start tonight in place of Frank Lampard...

    Carrick – who has not started for England since the 2-2 international friendly draw with Brazil in June – trained alongside captain Steven Gerrard, and having considered starting with the 32-year-old earlier in the week, reports suggest the United midfielder has done enough to earn a recall.

    For the full story, CLICK HERE.
    10/15/2013 4:52:13 PM
  • The fact the FA have given 18,000 tickets to Poland fans has caused a bit of a stir in the build-up to this match. But Stevie G isn't concerned. Why? Because the England fans will be louder...

    If our fans match the noise levels from Montenegro, we'll take that.

    The atmosphere was really good. They showed great patience, after 30 minutes at 0-0 or at half-time, but they stayed with us.

    When we got the breakthrough the roof came off. We are hoping for more of the same. 70,000 to 20,000, I would take that all day.

    For the full story, CLICK HERE.
    10/15/2013 4:54:22 PM
  • It's the question that everyone will ask themselves at some stage in their life. Can Stevie G and Franky Lampard play together? Kevin Garside says it's time to bring the tandem act to an end...

    The players he trusts most in the heart of the pitch are those whose potential has been exhausted. We know how matters end when Stevie G and Lamps share space in major tournaments.

    For the full story, CLICK HERE.
    10/15/2013 4:56:47 PM
  • A couple of stats from Opta...



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    10/15/2013 5:00:34 PM
  • If we're not 2-0 up inside five minutes, expect the nerves to creep in around Wembley tonight. But it's not like we haven't been here before. In fact, qualification has gone down to the final match in nine of the last 12 major tournaments. But how have England fared? CLICK HERE to find out.
    10/15/2013 5:00:50 PM
  • When these sides met earlier in qualifying, it ended 1-1. You can watch the highlights above.

    10/15/2013 5:02:34 PM
  • With 20,000 Poland fans expected at Wembley tonight, the England supporters can expect to get up close and personal. So we've provided some key phrases for fans to try out, whether you're going to the game or are watching it somewhere within earshot of a Pole.

    Hopefully come the final whistle, we won't be saying: "Zostalis'my okradzeni!"

    For the guide, CLICK HERE.
    10/15/2013 5:20:48 PM
  • Arsenal stopper Wojciech Szczęsny is reportedly set to start tonight.
    10/15/2013 5:28:41 PM
  • Fans make their way to Wembley...

    10/15/2013 5:29:46 PM
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