Furious England players clash with Poland as Kamil Glik sparks ugly scenes

Furious England players clashed with their Poland counterparts after the half-time whistle on Wednesday as Kamil Glik and Harry Maguire were booked in ugly scenes in Warsaw.

The first-half of the encounter was closely fought, with neither side finding an opening in their crunch World Cup 2022 qualifier.

With the hosts taking a physical game to their opponents, tension boiled over after the whistle had been blown for the break.

With almost every player from both teams getting involved in the grabbing and shouting, both Gilk and Maguire were booked by referee Daniel Siebert before the teams retreated to the dressing rooms.



Furious England players clashed with their Poland counterparts

Manchester United skipper Maguire seemed baffled by his caution, with Gilk appearing to pinch the neck of Kyle Walker during the altercation.

Jordan Pickford also got stuck in, with the ref doing well to calm things down before he would’ve been forced to show any red cards.

Harry Kane frantically tried to organise his team-mates after the break, knowing that England will remain in a very strong position in the group if they were to avoid defeat.



Harry Maguire and Kyle Walker were at the centre of proceedings
Harry Maguire and Kyle Walker were at the centre of proceedings

Former England defender Terry Butcher told BBC Sport of the incident: “England have got to keep their heads.

“Gareth Southgate will be happy to get his players into the dressing room and just calm them down.

“England need to be sensible and just get the job done.”



Kamil Glik (in front of Robert Lewandowski) grabbed Kyle Walker's neck
Kamil Glik (in front of Robert Lewandowski) grabbed Kyle Walker’s neck

The fixture has been confrontational since the start, with some Poland fans choosing to boo the taking of the knee by the Three Lions.

Poland players also chose not to take the knee in the reverse fixture back in March, with Zbigniew Boniek the head of the Poland FA, being a vocal critic of the gesture.

He said: “This is clear populism because nothing is done because of it.

“Footballers sometimes kneel and if you’d ask some of them why they’re kneeling, they wouldn’t even be able to tell you why.”

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