Boruc the man England have to beat

Daily Echo: Artur Boruc Artur Boruc

Artur Boruc is all that now stands between Rickie Lambert and England booking a place at next summer’s World Cup.

Lambert was an unused sub as Roy Hodgson’s men beat Montenegro 4-1 last night, with the result meaning they hold a one-point advantage over Ukraine in Group H, ahead of the final round of qualifiers.

England will host Poland on Tuesday night, and will almost certainly need a victory, with Ukraine travelling to face whipping boys San Marino.

Boruc and his international teammates could have done England a huge favour last night.

Had they taken anything from their game in Ukraine, it would have left Hodgson’s side effectively holding an unassailable lead at the top of the group.

As it was, though, a goal midway through the second half for the hosts was enough to settle the tie.

Boruc is well aware that he could not only play a pivotal role in England’s hopes, but also come up against his Saints teammate on Tuesday.

“We spoke about the game, had a laugh,” he revealed this week. “He said he’ll score a goal. He deserved to be in the national team. He’s really nice guy.”

England have history with Polish keepers in World Cup qualifiers, with Jan Tomaszewski’s magnificent display in a 1-1 draw at Wembley in 1973 denying them a place at the 1974 finals.

Boruc is not interested in comparisons being drawn with him, though.

“I wouldn’t want to be him,” he said. “I’m Artur Boruc and want to be remembered in history by my own name.”

After being unable to find a breakthrough in the first half last night, England took the lead shortly after the interval, as Wayne Rooney pounced on a rebound inside the six-yard box after a low Daniel Sturridge shot had been saved by Montenegro keeper Vukasin Poleksic.

They doubled their lead in the 62nd minute, when Branko Boskovic bizarrely turned Danny Welbeck’s cutback into his own net.

England looked to be coasting, but Dejan Damjanovic diverted in a Fatos Beqiraj shot with just under 20 minutes remaining to set pulses racing.

Andros Townsend’s fierce low strike from 20 yards, which went in off the post, seven minutes later eased the nerves, though, before Sturridge scored from the penalty spot in added time.

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12:15am Sat 12 Oct 13

Santa Retfordia says...

It should prove a useful warm up for next week. Rooney and Welbeck really aren't that good.
It should prove a useful warm up for next week. Rooney and Welbeck really aren't that good. Santa Retfordia

12:24am Sat 12 Oct 13

Saintsincethe60s says...

If the muppets repeat tonight's performance then they will never beat KING ARTUR
If the muppets repeat tonight's performance then they will never beat KING ARTUR Saintsincethe60s

7:24am Sat 12 Oct 13

HappyDuck says...

Best prem keeper and Atkins didn't even want to sign him HAHAHA LOL Thank god 4 NC :-)
Best prem keeper and Atkins didn't even want to sign him HAHAHA LOL Thank god 4 NC :-) HappyDuck

9:18am Sat 12 Oct 13

Baddesley Bill says...

What odds on Artur performing a scorpion kick on Tuesday?
What odds on Artur performing a scorpion kick on Tuesday? Baddesley Bill

10:21am Sat 12 Oct 13

worried of n e hampshire says...

every keeper has a hic-cup now and then so won't be too bothered if Artur has one tuesday night
did he play last night?
every keeper has a hic-cup now and then so won't be too bothered if Artur has one tuesday night did he play last night? worried of n e hampshire

10:33am Sat 12 Oct 13

Outside of the Box says...

If Artur Boruc performs miracles on Tuesday night, keeps a clean sheet and England don't qualify for the World Cup finals. Is he a hero or a villain?
If Artur Boruc performs miracles on Tuesday night, keeps a clean sheet and England don't qualify for the World Cup finals. Is he a hero or a villain? Outside of the Box

10:48am Sat 12 Oct 13

Velleity says...

HappyDuck wrote:
Best prem keeper and Atkins didn't even want to sign him HAHAHA LOL Thank god 4 NC :-)
Says whom?
[quote][p][bold]HappyDuck[/bold] wrote: Best prem keeper and Atkins didn't even want to sign him HAHAHA LOL Thank god 4 NC :-)[/p][/quote]Says whom? Velleity

10:48am Sat 12 Oct 13

Velleity says...

Velleity wrote:
HappyDuck wrote:
Best prem keeper and Atkins didn't even want to sign him HAHAHA LOL Thank god 4 NC :-)
Says whom?
Oh, and it's Adkins, not Atkins.
[quote][p][bold]Velleity[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HappyDuck[/bold] wrote: Best prem keeper and Atkins didn't even want to sign him HAHAHA LOL Thank god 4 NC :-)[/p][/quote]Says whom?[/p][/quote]Oh, and it's Adkins, not Atkins. Velleity

10:04pm Sat 12 Oct 13

redsnapper says...

Well if Ricki doesn't t play and he probably won't as Roy will always suck up to the big clubs.I hope King Artur plays a blinder and keeps another clean slate. Watching England is nearly always a hugely embarrassing and dull so he ll be doing us all a favour.
Well if Ricki doesn't t play and he probably won't as Roy will always suck up to the big clubs.I hope King Artur plays a blinder and keeps another clean slate. Watching England is nearly always a hugely embarrassing and dull so he ll be doing us all a favour. redsnapper

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