Harry Maguire scored an 85-minute winner for England against Poland of their World Cup qualifying match.
After trailing to a 5-0 victory against San Marino and a 2-0 defeat in Albania, the Three Lions ended a triple header this month by edging past their largest Group I rivals.
England had been on the lookout for a snug win when sprinter Harry Kane fired home from the spot throughout a first-half show, solely to have moist Stones taken over shortly after half-time.
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Brighton’s Jakub Moder stole the defender and lost the Poland level, just for Maguire to safe an exhilarating win whereas firing brilliantly home from Stones header 5 minutes from time.
It was a step for Manchester City and Southgate defender and not too long ago recalled, his side will join at Wembley within the European Championship group opener with Croatia on June 13.
This was the last chance for the Three Lions boss to refine his selection earlier than naming his squad on the end of Might, so the decision to make just one change from victory in Albania was noteworthy.
Maintaining with a four-man backline, England dominated the primary half with out really committing themselves and went into the break on the lead after Kane scored the penalty from Raheem Sterling .
Poland regarded just like the missing side of injured talisman Robert Lewandowski, however they recovered after the break and took benefit of Stones’ dreadful error as Moder smashed home.
Southgate’s lack of substitutes raised eyebrows however he dug his side deep and secured one other qualification victory of their last aggressive sport earlier than the Euros by a late Maguire volley.
The one change to Sunday’s side resulted in Ben Chilwell changing Luke Shaw, who slipped in from Mason Mount within the eighth minute and sent over a cross that Phil Foden headed off target.
England had been transferring the ball slowly against a strong Poland, whose five-man defense was undone by an injection of directness that resulted in a 19-minute opener.
Sterling collected the ball and made a beeline for the field, the place it went down under strain from Michal Helik.
The Barnsley defender’s frustration was clear as referee Bjorn Kuipers awarded a penalty, and Kane fired down the center as Wojciech Szczesny dived to his proper.
Sterling had been testing a handful for Poland and visiting defender Jan Bednarek had twice produced key challenges, crossing a dangerous cross and then stopping a jaunt within the space.
Nick Pope did not have a shot to take care of within the first half however his kicking regarded shaky at instances, whereas the other Szczesny did not must deal with as many pictures because the English strain ought to have resulted.
The former Arsenal goalkeeper did well to save a robust Kane strike from the sting of the field, whereas the fleet-footed Sterling continued to foul on the left.
However due to the dearth of an England entrance, Poland noticed confidence constructing after the break, with the Pope fouling as Krzysztof Piatek pressed earlier than Maguire breathed a sigh of aid after inadvertent therapy within the space.
Paulo Sousa’s side would soon develop into the primary team to score against England this year after Stones’ unbeaten moment was penalized within the 58th minute.
The brilliant midfielder was stolen from possession on the outskirts of his own space by Moder, who collected a ball back from Arkadiusz Milik and rifled past Pope – the primary shot on target the goalkeeper had confronted this qualifying marketing campaign .
Half time presentation Milik headed broad because the hosts struggled to regain their pleasure, with Kane fainting at Szczesny and Foden seeing a pointy angle shot saved as they tried to get issues began.
Foden hit the wall with a free-kick that was so spectacular that Polish captain Kamil Glik blocked Mount’s cross because the battle moved in the direction of the closing stages.
England’s lack of adjustments was uncommon however the Southgate side discovered a manner. With 85 minutes on the clock, Stones went back for Maguire to break past Szczesny.
The aid on the Three Lions bench was apparent however there have been nonetheless some nervous moments, with Rafal Augustyniak rising over at stoppage time.