The England national football team took another step toward qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup when they drew with Poland in Warsaw’s Stadion Narodowy last week.
It looked as though a superb strike from captain Harry Kane in the 72nd minute would be enough to see England record their sixth successive victory, but it was not to be. A late goal from Damian Szymanski thwarted them in the dying seconds of injury time.
England should have won the game. They were in control for most of the match, but their failure to score a second goal to secure the win meant they were left open to an equalizer which is exactly what happened in stoppage time when Szymanski converted the perfect opportunity created by the Polish marksman, Robert Lewandowski.
Despite having the skills of Jack Grealish, England did not create enough opportunities. They desperately needed someone like Jadon Sancho to be brought on. Unfortunately, he was not available due to a thigh injury.
It was forecast that Sancho would be joining Manchester United in the summer transfer window of 2020. As it turned out, it was this summer before he left Dortmund to join the Red Devils for a fee of £73 million. His skills might have made all the difference to the outcome of the game against Poland had he been available. But that is life.
England is still almost certain to be journeying to Qatar. With 16 points from six games, four points ahead of second-placed Albania and five ahead of third-placed Poland, they are sitting pretty. They are yet to play Andorra away and Hungary at home in October. They then face Albania at home and San Marino in November, so their trip to Qatar looks all but set.
The fact that Qatar is hosting the World Cup finals is the perfect opportunity, not just for football fans but for travellers who enjoy visiting exotic locations around the world.
Qatar offers a superb fusion of both the old and new worlds. It is rapidly becoming one of the best and most exciting tourist destinations in the world.
Situated in the Persian Gulf, you will find a country with a shoreline of stunning sandy dunes and bustling, busy marketplaces amidst futuristic-looking skyscrapers and a sensational waterfront. Features include the Ras Abrouq rock formations plus the famous Al Thakira mangroves spreading across the country’s unique and fascinating peninsular.
The city of Doha is not just the perfect place to watch the World Cup unfold; it also provides a unique environment of sights and shopping opportunities for football widows and widowers.