Maguire’s blast bails out Stones as England scrape nervy win over Poland

Maguire’s blast bails out Stones as England scrape nervy win over Poland

The Guardian

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John Stones winced and raised a hand in apology. It was a horror moment and the central defender could not hide, a lapse that presented Poland with an equaliser to shock England and, briefly, spark dark thoughts. Stones believed he had the time to step out with the ball from the edge of his penalty area, only he did not. He was robbed by Jakub Moder and, seconds later, the Poland midfielder had blasted a shot past Nick Pope.

Stones did not hide. He and England shook their heads clear and pushed again, keen to rekindle the memory of an excellent first-half performance in which Harry Kane had scored from the penalty spot and Mason Mount, Phil Foden and Raheem Sterling sparkled in Gareth Southgate’s 4-3-3 formation.

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