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England held to 1-1 draw by Poland

WARSAW -- England were held to a 1-1 draw by Poland on Wednesday in a Group H qualifier that went ahead a day late after Tuesday's scheduled match was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Wayne Rooney put England up fifteen minutes from half-time, heading in a corner from captain Steven Gerrard for his 30th international goal.

Poland's answer came in the 70th minute, thanks to Torino defender Kamil Glik, courtesy of another header from a corner.

"It wasn't one of our best performances," admitted England manager Roy Hodgson, whose side still lead Group H by one point from Montenegro.

"As far as we're concerned, the extra day, the extra stay, the sogginess of the pitch obviously didn't work in our favor. It's the same for both teams of course," he said.

"I think sometimes in games, you've just got to be satisfied that you come away with something out of the game. I don't think it's going to be easy for teams to come here and beat Poland."

Poland coach Waldemar Fornalik lauded his team and fans who returned having seen Tuesday's planned encounter postponed by a deluge, an hour after the planned kick-off.

"The atmosphere in the stadium was great, the support was massive," he said.

"We did what we're supposed to do. We wanted to play a good game. I don't think England played a bad game, actually."

But Gerrard admitted it had not been one of his team's best nights.

"It's a decent point but we are disappointed," he said.

Despite adding to his goal tally, Rooney was also downbeat.

"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 so it is a decent point," he said.

England goalkeeper Joe Hart took responsibility for the goal, having flapped as he tried to clear the corner.

"It was my fault and it cost us three points. They were knocking on the door but it was never going to open unless there was a mistake," he said.

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