England captain Steven Gerrard has stated that his side’s point against Poland on Wednesday could be key come the end of the campaign.
The Three Lions’ fixture with the eastern Europeans was postponed from Tuesday night, and Wayne Rooney’s effort put the visitors into the lead.
Despite the disappointment of Poland getting an equaliser, Gerrard feels that a point is not a bad result but that the side’s performance could have been better.
“If you look at this point, hopefully when it comes to the end of the group, I think it will be an important point,” he told Sky Sports.
“I don’t think we played to our level today. It turned out to be tough but I think we’ve got ourselves to blame for that.
“I thought we’d done ok up until the goal; we’d gotten the lead, we’d done the hard stuff, quietened this hostile crowd.
“But then we never built on that. I thought we stopped passing the ball, we gave the ball away too much and we never build on that lead, so that’s the disappointing thing,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney feels that the point will go far to ensuring that Roy Hodgson’s men will qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
“It was a hard-fought point. It was a difficult game, a difficult pitch. We weren’t at our best but we dug in and got a draw.
“We know we can play better but this is a difficult place to come. It is a decent point.
“We knew it was a tough group, but we’re confident. We believe in ourselves and we believe we are the best team in the group, so we are confident of qualifying.
“Do England have to improve to qualify? Yes, of course. We know we can play a lot better than tonight but at least we got the point, so we can take that home,” he explained.
By Gareth McKnight