Updated: Wednesday, 18th September 2019 @ 2:33pm

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney says room for improvement after England's dismal draw with Poland

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney says room for improvement after England's dismal draw with Poland

By Pippa Field

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney admits there’s room for improvement after England drew 1-1 with Poland in yesterday’s World Cup qualifier.

Rooney notched his 32nd goal for his country, from a Steven Gerrard corner, and gave England a first half lead before Kamil Glik deservedly equalised for the Poles in the second period.

Although currently unbeaten and leading Group H by a point from Montenegro, the 26-year-old insisted England had to produce better performances.

“Do England have to improve to qualify? Yes, of course,” said the former Everton man.

“We know we can play a lot better than that.

“But at least we got the point. 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.”

Coming off the back of last Friday’s 5-0 win over San Marino, England preparations were dealt a blow with the game being postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

During the rearranged game on Wednesday, England struggled with the heavy pitch, conceding possession too easily and failing to find their rhythm.

And it was an England mistake which led to the Polish equaliser, as Joe Hart failed to claim a corner in the second half.

But Rooney, who believes a draw was not a disaster against an organised Poland team, is confident that they can make it to the tournament in Brazil.

He added: “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.”

England now go into a winter break from qualification, with the next competitive fixture against San Marino on March 22.

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