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Wednesday, 8 September 2004
2006 FIFA World Cup UEFA Group 6 qualification match

Poland 1 England 2 [0-1]

Stadion Śląski, Katowicka, Chorzów
38,000; Kick-off: 8:30pm CET, 7:30pm BST;
Live on Sky Sports (UK) - Commentator: Martin Tyler

England - Jermain Defoe (turn and nine-yard shot 37), Arkadiusz Głowacki (flicked-in own goal, pressured from Owen, from a Cole cross 58).
Poland - Maciej Żurawski (fifteen-yard shot 48).
Match Summary
Poland Squad
England Squad
Results 2000-2005 England - Michael Owen (29).
Poland - Arkadiusz Głowacki (61), Mariusz Kukiełka (90).

England kicked-off. 96 minutes (47 & 49).


Match Summary


Officials from Italy




Referee (black) - Stefano Farina
42 (19 September 1962), Ovada, FIFA-listed 2001.

Assistant Referees - Narcisio Pisacreta, 44 (16 August 1960), and Cristiano Copelli, 37 (14 June 1967).

Fourth official - Pasquale Rodomonti, 43 (1 June 1961), Teramo, FIFA-listed 1998.

FIFA Observer - Andreus Akkelides, Cyprus

10 Goal Attempts 12
4 Attempts on Target 6
- Hit Bar/Post -
1 Corner Kicks Won 8
1 Offside Calls Against 2
11 Fouls Conceded 10
44.9% Possession 55.1%

Poland Team



FIFA (1st Sept. 2004) =29th
EFO ranking Group 8
ELO rating 30th to 31st
Colours: Made by Puma - White v-necked jerseys with red thinning trim, red shorts with white side trim, white socks;
Capt: Jacek Bąk Manager: Paweł Janas, 51 (4 March 1953), appointed 20 December 2002, 
25th match, W 14 - D 4- L 7 - F 48 - A 27.
Poland Lineup
1 Dudek, Jerzy  31 23 March 1973 G Liverpool FC, England 44 0
2 Mila, Sebastian, off 63rd min 22 10 July 1982 LM Dyskobolia Grodzisk Wielkopolski SSA 12 3
3 Rząsa, Tomasz 31 11 March 1973 RB SV Heerenveen, Netherlands 21 1
4 Żewłakow, Michał  28 22 April 1976 CD RSC Anderlecht, Belgium 43 1
5 Głowacki, Arkadiusz 25
13 March 1979
Wisła Kraków SA
the fortieth own goal scored for England
61st min. for a bad foul on Jamie Carragher.
6 Bąk, Jacek 31 24 March 1973 LB Racing Club de Lens, France 55 2
7 Rasiak, Grzegorz, off 69th min. 25 12 January 1979 F AC Siena, Italy 14 3
8 Krzynówek, Jacek  28 15 May 1976 RM Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Germany 43 5
9 Żurawski, Maciej 27 12 September 1976 F Wisła Kraków SA 34 8
10 Lewandowski, Mariusz  25 18 May 1979 CM FC Shakhtar Donetsk, Ukraine 18 0
11 Kosowski, Kamil, off 80th min. 26 30 August 1977 CM 1. FC Kaiserlautern, Germany 26 2
Poland Substitutes
scoreline: Poland 1 England 2
14 Kukiełka, Mariusz, on 63rd min. for Mila 31 7 March 1973 D Wisła Kraków SA 20 3
90th min. for arguing over a penalty appeal when the ball struck Joe Cole's arm.
16 Niedzielan, Andrzej, on 69th min., for Rasiak   25 27 February 1979 F Nijmegen Eendracht Combinatie, Netherlands 12 5
17 Gorawski, Damian, on 80th min. for Kosowski 25 4 January 1979 M Wisła Kraków SA 10 1
result: Poland 1 England 2
unused substitutes: 12-Artur Boruc, 13-Tomasz Kłos, 15-Marcin Baszczyński, 18-Euzebiusz Smolarek.
4-4-2 Dudek -
ąsa, Żewłakow, Głowacki, Bąk -
Krzynówek, Lewandowski, Kosowski (Gorawski), Mila (Kukiełka) -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.2 Appearances/Goals 29.6 2.2


England Team



FIFA (1st Sept. 2004) 7th
EFO ranking Group 3

ELO rating 6th to 4th
Colours: The 2004 away uniform - Red crew-neck jerseys with red/white shoulder cross and blue hem, silver shorts with red trim and blue hem, red socks with white calf trim.
Capt: David Beckham, 39th captaincy.
Michael Owen, 89th minute
Head Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 56 (5 February 1948), appointed 30 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001, 
45th match, W 24 - D 14 - L 7 - F 89 - A 45.
England Lineup
1 Robinson, Paul W. 24 15 October 1979 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 6 5 GA
2 Neville, Gary A., off 32nd min. 29 18 February 1975 RB Manchester United FC 70 0
3 Cole, Ashley 23 20 December 1980 LB Arsenal FC 33 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G. 24 30 May 1980 CM Liverpool FC 31 5
5 Terry, John G. 23 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 14 0
6 King, Ledley B. 23 12 October 1980 CD Tottenham Hotspur FC 10 0
7 Beckham, David R.J., off 89th min 29 2 May 1975 RM Real Madrid CF, Spain 75 14
8 Lampard, Frank J. 26 20 June 1978 CM Chelsea FC 26 6
9 Defoe, Jermain C., off 87th min. 21 7 October 1982 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 5 1
10 Owen, Michael J. 24 14 December 1979 F Real Madrid CF, Spain 63 27
Owen cautioned in the 29th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for pulling over Żewłakow.
11 Bridge, Wayne M. 24 5 August 1980 LM Chelsea FC 19 1
England Substitutes
scoreline: Poland 0 England 0
12 Carragher, James L.D., on 32nd min. for Neville 26 28 January 1978 D Liverpool FC 15 0
scoreline: Poland 1 England 2
14 Dyer, Kieron C., on 87th min., for Defoe 25 29 December 1978 M Newcastle United FC 25 0
15 Hargreaves, Owen L., on 89th min. for Beckham 23 20 January 1981
born in Canada
M FC Bayern München, Germany 23 0
result: Poland 1 England 2
unused substitutes: 13-David James, 16-Shaun Wright-Phillips, 17-Alan Smith, 18-Darius Vassell.
records: The Arkadiusz Głowacki own goal is the first England have benefitted from in World Cup qualification.
4-4-2 Robinson -
(Carragher), King, Terry, Cole -
(Hargreaves), Gerrard, Lampard, Bridge -
(Dyer), Owen

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24.5 Appearances/Goals 32.0 5.0


    Match Report (Mike Payne's exclusive report coming shortly)

Jermain Defoe repaid Sven-Göran Eriksson's faith with a goal as England sealed a crucial World Cup victory.  Defoe was one of two changes, with David James dropped for Paul Robinson and Alan Smith also axed.  He turned brilliantly to put England ahead after 36 minutes, but Maciej Zurawski levelled with a powerful finish two minutes after half-time.  England's winner came after 57 minutes when Arkadiusz Glowacki deflected Ashley Cole's cross past Jerzy Dudek.

It was a vital morale-booster for England after the disappointing draw in Austria, giving Sven-Göran Eriksson's side four points from their opening two games.  And Defoe's performance has given Eriksson a pleasant dilemma once Wayne Rooney recovers from his foot injury.  Defoe has looked comfortable at international level, but he was betrayed by over-anxiety as he wasted an opportunity to put England ahead after 20 minutes.

Wayne Bridge and Cole combined brilliantly to set up Defoe, but he sliced a volley well wide.  But he made no mistake when given a second opportunity nine minutes before half-time.  Defoe took a pass from David Beckham and turned brilliantly before firing into the far corner past Jerzy Dudek. 

It was the perfect tonic for England, who had lost Gary Neville through injury seconds earlier, when he was replaced by Jamie Carragher.  The goal sparked Poland into life, and after a period of pressure leading up to the interval, they were level after 47 minutes. Kamil Kosowski played in Zurawski, who gave Robinson no chance with a powerful finish.

But the Poles' joy was short-lived as England regained the lead after 57 minutes, when Cole's cross was diverted past Dudek by Glowacki.  England stepped up the pace, with Bridge denied by Dudek's fine diving save and Michael Owen narrowly off target.

FA explains player silence

The Football Association has revealed England's players refused to talk to the media after their win in Poland in protest at criticism aimed at them.  England's players were angry at coming under fire after drawing in Austria.  FA head of media Adrian Bevington said: "They feel they have been treated very unfairly in a number of areas."  David Beckham was rounded on for his recent performances but it is understood that newspaper condemnation of David James was the final straw.

Readers were asked in a poll whether they would prefer a donkey or James in goal after his error had presented Austria with the equaliser in Saturday's 2-2 draw.  England coach Sven-Göran Eriksson backed the squad's media blackout.  "The group has been badly criticised over the last few days. They try to defend every single player in the group. It is their way of protecting each other and they are fully right to do it.  They want to defend all the players, whether or not they are on the pitch, if they are on the bench, or in the stands.  They feel very strongly about that. I have not read everything but I think sometimes the critics do overreact a little bit."

Bevington added: "Individual criticism that goes way beyond that of the way they perform on the football pitch is something that clearly, in their view, is very unfair.  I have to accept and respect their decision but they have made it clear that when we get together again in October for the game against Wales, it will be back to business as normal.  The players will continue to conduct their daily media activities in a very professional manner.  They felt it was time now to make a stance. It is not the first time they have felt like this in a long period of time.  They regularly receive criticism but they felt it was so intense on this occasion that it was time to make a stand.  Some of it has been very unfair on the players and more so on their families. People sometimes don't take them into account.  I spoke to the players and made them aware of the potential consequences but I fully understand.  I have probably been following the media more closely than anybody and the criticism levelled at them has been very, very hostile. There has been a great deal of misrepresentation. I have to say that listening to some of the interviews, then reading the copy and listening to the coverage, I found it very unfair."

Source Notes

BBC Sport