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Harry Kane pleased with how England handled atmosphere against Poland

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
The Warsaw crowd made it difficult for England
The Warsaw crowd made it difficult for England / PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images
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Harry Kane has said England remain in a good position to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, despite conceding a stoppage-time equaliser in their qualifier against Poland on Wednesday night.

The draw ended the Three Lions' 100% winning start, although they remain five points clear at the top of Group I.

Kane thought he had won it for his side with a terrific second half strike from 30 yards, only for Damian Szymanski to nod home Robert Lewandowski's cross with minutes left to play.

Speaking to ITV after the game, the England captain admitted he was gutted to lose two points but said he thought the team handled the intimidating atmosphere - some Polish fans jeered when the Three Lions took the knee before kick off - in Warsaw well.

"A tough one to take right at the end there. I thought we handled the game really well, it’s a tough place to come, another tough game. We got ourselves ahead and then we were seeing the game out well," he said.

"Away from home sometimes the pressure builds and they put in a good cross and score a good header, that’s football. It’s been a great campaign for us, we’re still five points clear at the top with four games to go."

He added: "There were a couple of rebounds, a couple of second balls and it just fell their way. We’ll learn from it, watch it back and prepare for the next game. Like I say, it’s been two tough away games in this camp and we’re still five points clear, so we’re in a good position."

The draw ends England's run of fixtures on a sour note. Previously they had secured back-to-back 4-0 wins over Hungary and Andorra respectively.

The Three Lions are next in action in October when they face the same two opponents again in quick succession, before closing their World Cup qualification campaign with matches against Albania and San Marino the following month.


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