LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Wayne Rooney has given England a 1-0 lead in their World Cup Group H qualifier against Poland at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Manchester United forward leaped high to head home a Leighton Baines cross in the 41st minute to send the thousands gathered at Wembley on their feet.
Exciting winger Andros Townsend had earlier hit the crossbar with a rocket of a shot from just outside the area, while Daniel Sturridge missed a few opportunities of his own and Danny Welbeck blasted wide from close range late in the half as well.
Robert Lewandowski had two chances to punish England, but missed the chances.
Ukraine, as expected, are beating San Marino 3-0 somust win to book their World slot.
England v Poland
England: Hart, Smalling, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines, Carrick, Gerrard, Townsend, Rooney, Welbeck, Sturridge
Subs: Ruddy, Jones, Gibbs, Wilshere, Lampard, Milner, Barkley, Defoe, Sterling, Lambert, Forster
Poland: Szczesny, Wojtkowiak, Jedrzejczyk, Glik, Celeban, Blaszczykowski, Mierzejewski, Krychowiak, Sobota, Mariusz Lewandowski, Robert Lewandowski
Subs: Boruc, Wasilewski, Jodlowiec, Polanski, Zielinski, Klich, Wawrzyniak, Peszko, Sobiech, Rzezniczak, Fabianski
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)