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England Maintain 100% Record In Nations League

Writes: Rhys Pountain

#UnstoppableTogether - Image: Jake Kirkman

England made it two wins from two as they came from behind to beat Poland 2-1 in Krakow.

Two assists for Jamie Tregaskiss and goals from Rhyce Ramsden and David Tweed gave Scott Rogers’ side all three points as they sit top of Nations League Group A.

Speaking after the game Rogers said:"We are delighted with the performance today. I think it shows the mentality and attitude of this team.

"There is a real togetherness within the squad and even when we go behind, we know we can find a way back in collectively."

The gaffer made one change to the side that was victorious over Turkey last time out, as Kieran Lambourne replaced Thomas Atkinson in goal.

Poland opened the scoring inside five minutes after a defence-splitting pass found Krystian Kaplon at the far post to nestle home the first goal of the game.

England now faced an uphill battle in a hostile Pradniczanka Stadium, lined with red and white Poland faithful.

With Poland ahead they opted to sit back and allow the Young Lions to control possession, but to no avail, Rogers called for a timeout and for his side to regroup.

Moments later, yes, you guessed it, England were back on level terms with a fine strike from Ramsden. Tweed and Tregaskiss worked it well down the left hand side before the latter clipped an exquisite cross to the edge of the area for the Bolton man to volley into the bottom corner.

"Louis [Mayers] has incredible attention to detail with the set pieces. He and the technical staff have worked very hard with the team to implement and refine our threat from dead ball situations,” Rogers said.

"I am really pleased that we are starting to see the results from all that hard work."

He added: "Since January we have worked on our attacking strategies. We are blessed with very talented attacking players individually, but they are now working together in units and they are incredibly dangerous to defend against."

Harry Ash joins Rhyce Ramsden in celebration - Image: Jake Kirkman

Though the final action of the half should have seen the Pols regain the lead, Swiecz couldn’t capitalise from three yards out. A lucky escape for England who went in level at the break.

Half Time: Poland 1-1 England

As England got the second half underway, it was a rather cagey affair as neither side wanted to see themselves fall behind, with nothing more than a routine stop for either goalkeeper being the best of the action.

Meanwhile, with eight minutes remaining Tregaskiss took it upon himself to grab his second assist of the game as he turned supplier for Tweed's second goal of the tournament. A surging run from his own half saw the England number 10 beat three men before laying across goal for his captain to convert.

Jamie Tregaskiss roars with emotion as he gets his second assist of the game - Image: Jake Kirkman

It was a statement of intent from Rogers’ side. They aren’t here to settle for a point.

Once again it was a test of England’s composure to hold onto the lead with just minutes remaining, but this team is like no other. This team is unstoppable together.

Full Time: Poland 1 - 2 England

Starting XII: Lambourne (GK), Masters, Heald, Ash, Ramsden, Tregaskiss, Tweed ©

Subs: Atkinson (GK), Silva, Fisher, Dean, Oakey, Yates, Burbridge


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