Southgate calls on England to take World Cup control with Poland win

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Ed Aarons

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  • England have won their first five games in Group I
  • Southgate says Saka’s Andorra goal has brought ‘closure’

Gareth Southgate said England can take a giant stride towards securing qualification for next year’s World Cup on Wednesday against Poland after easing past Andorra in their first match at Wembley since losing in the Euro 2020 final.

England struggled to break down a defence that had kept clean sheets in their last two matches until deep into the second half, when Harry Kane’s penalty finally extended the lead that had been established by Jesse Lingard in the 18th minute. Lingard’s second and a goal for Bukayo Saka five minutes from time on his 20th birthday eventually made things much more comfortable for Southgate’s side as they strengthened their grip on Group I.

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