England can officially book their tickets to Brazil.
Roy Hodgson's men took care of business against Poland on Tuesday at Wembley Stadium, securing their spot in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in the process. Goals from Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and Liverpool's Steven Gerrard were the difference in the match.
BBC Sport had this tweet to help celebrate the victory:
Goals from Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard helped England qualify for the World Cup after a 2-0 win against Poland pic.twitter.com/RYa4CnaRYi— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) October 15, 2013
ESPN's Paul Carr had this by-the-numbers look at what it all means for the Three Lions:
England beats Poland 2-0 to qualify for its 14th World Cup and 5th in a row.— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) October 15, 2013
Since losing to Sweden last November, England have been on a tear. The Three Lions now have six wins and four draws in that stretch—friendly wins over Brazil and Scotland are certainly highlights.
Qualifying-match wins over San Marino, Moldova and Montenegro bolstered their claim for the top spot in the Group H table, and the win over Poland helped England outlast Ukraine by one point in the final standings.
Rooney got England on the board with a strike just before the first half ended, and Gerrard's poke-shot goal in the 88th minute put the final nail in Poland's coffin.
101 Great Goals had a second look at the two goals that did the trick on Twitter:
England 2 – Poland 0 (All Goals) http://t.co/0Sy8CK4qPz— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) October 15, 2013
The FA added this tweet to show just how dominant England were with a World Cup spot on the line:
As noted by Fox Sports, Hodgson's squad was one of nine that joined the party on Tuesday evening:
Qualified for the World Cup: Belgium, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, England, Spain.— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) October 15, 2013
England finished 13th after making it to the Round of 16 during the 2010 World Cup, and have not reached the semifinals since finishing fourth in 1990.
They won the 1966 World Cup as the host nation, their lone triumph at the international tournament.
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