Rooney heads England into first lead against Poland


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 so England must win to book their World Cup 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)