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England 2-1 Poland Player Ratings: Maguire and Rice star, questions over Pope

England kept up a fine start to their World Cup qualification bid with a hard-fought victory over Poland at Wembley.

 
10:49pm on Wednesday 31st March 2021
By
David Lynch

England made it three wins from three for the March international break as they claimed a 2-1 win over Poland on Wednesday.

Gareth Southgate's side cemented the early lead they have taken in UEFA qualification Group I with a hard-fought victory over Paulo Sousa's side at Wembley.

So, who performed well for the Three Lions? Take a look below.

England v Poland: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats

✔️ Declan Rice: 8.0

So nearly a Republic of Ireland player at international level, Rice is fast turning into a key man for the country of his birth.

Here, the West Ham man was typically disruptive in midfield, making five tackles and gaining possession 12 times.

He also ended the game with an impressive 93.9% pass accuracy.

Nick Pope: 6.0

Failing to save Poland's only shot on target all evening can perhaps be excused given the power of the strike.

But it was Pope's poor passing that put John Stones in trouble for the visitors' goal and he does not look a good fit for playing out from the back.

Jordan Pickford's chances of claiming the No.1 shirt at the Euros this summer might well have been enhanced by that moment alone.

Harry Maguire: 8.0

To say Maguire's goal resulted from a set-piece would be to play down the quality of his strike into the roof of the net after Stones' knockdown.

The Manchester United defender also did the rest of his job well, making two tackles, gaining possession nine times, and contesting nine aerial duels.

The identity of his partner(s) might not be certain just yet, but Maguire remains one of the first names on the teamsheet for England.

England v Poland: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats

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