The Fiver | England’s missing substitutions board


Simon Burnton

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In a global exclusive and at the end of an extensive worldwide investigation, The Fiver can today confirm that we have tracked down England’s missing substitutions board, bringing to an end the intense speculation that surrounded its unexpected disappearance from the Stadion Narodowy. Poland made five second-half substitutions in Wednesday’s 1-1 Human Rights World Cup qualifying draw, while England opted not to use any of the 11 players populating their bench. And in the game’s final moments it was one of the players introduced by the Poles, Damian Szymanski, who leapt skywards using his fresh substitutional legs to beat the fatigued Luke Shaw to the ball and power a stoppage-time header past Jordan Pickford’s weary shrug and into the corner of the net.

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