Poland equalised during injury-time to deprive England of three points in Warsaw and a sixth straight victory in their qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup.
England looked to maintain the winning streak in European Group I and take another giant stride towards qualifying for next year’s World Cup in Qatar.
The Three Lions performed with commendable maturity to control Poland and a hostile crowd giving thunderous backing to their team.
Harry Kane gave England the lead when he sent a dipping drive past Poland’s former Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny with 18 minutes left.
Kane picked up the ball 25 yards out with 18 minutes left before proving he is ever the opportunist by flashing a dipping swerving drive beyond the deceived Szczesny.
It was his 41st goal for England, making him the country’s fifth highest international goalscorer and continued an incredible record of scoring in 15 consecutive World Cup and Euro qualifiers.
Kane’s strike may not have brought victory but a point is still an acceptable result despite the painful end to the game.
In the final moments, Poland tested England out with their intensity and physical commitment but Southgate’s side stood strong.
During stoppage time, Poland striker Robert Lewandowski delivered a perfect cross for substitute Damian Szymanski to rise above Luke Shaw at the far post to head past Jordan Pickford for the equalizer.
The draw was a bitter blow to England after fighting so hard but they still remain four points clear at the top of Group I with four games remaining.
Once again the spotlight was on the 56,212 Polish crowd after England’s players suffered racist abuse during their qualifying win in Hungary.
England’s national anthem was met with loud jeers from a section of the stadium but former Arsenal keeper Szczesny appealed for home fans to stop while Lewandowski pointed to the “Respect” slogan on his shirt.
Also England’s players were subjected to booing when they took the knee before kickoff which will bring the behaviour of fans once again under scrutiny.
The game itself was played out in a noisy, vibrant atmosphere and the celebrations for the equaliser were worthy of a winner.
Source: BBC Sport