England 2—Poland 0
Posted by celticman on Tue, 15 Oct 2013
It’s all over and Eng-er-land are going to Brazil. I had a choice of watching Scotland playing a friendly against Croatia or England playing Poland. I was helped by the fact Scotland are on pay-TV and England are on ITV, or council telly. I think we should support our councils. This was a brilliant, open and attacking game, with goals from Rooney and Gerard at the end of the first and second half settling it. But if you want to know how tight it was then look again at the camera panning in on Roy- the old boy- Hodgskin’s face after 85 minutes. His eyes are shut and it looks like he’s saying a prayer. Then again he might have been saying I’m sacked and the Polish manager is sacked I wonder if I can get his job. The miss of the night came before Rooney scored, from Wellbeck, from six yards, with an open goal. Wellbeck had another two good chances. Sturridge had two good chances. Townsend was unlucky with a wonderful dipping shot that looked to have opened the scoring but hit the bar. Rooney had another few near things, but it was that old warhorse Gerard, riding tackle after tackle and with a lunge made everything right.
There must have been about 40 000 Polish fans and it created a cracking atmosphere. Levandoski should have scored first, with a one on one with Joe Hart. Sobota was also unlucky with a few efforts. At the start of the second half Poland began to dominate and Klich had a few near things from corners. The game could have went either way. Levandoski again had a one on one with Joe Hart, around the seventieth minute. He should have scored. Didn’t. The selection of the England keeper justified. The selection of the England team justified. Everything justified for Roy, but what’s Rooney still wearing that bandage for? It must be lucky, but there’s no justification for it. Eng-er-land. I wonder how poor old Scotland got on. Don’t want to look. But it really doesn’t matter.