Months before raising the Jules Rimet trophy in triumph, captain Bobby Moore headed a late equaliser in this friendly at Goodison Park. As a final preparation for hosting the finals, England travelled to Chorzow where a Roger Hunt goal saw them record a narrow win. Seven years after his finest moment Moore had a nightmare performance, being caught in possession to gift the vital second goal. In the pre-match build-up Brian Clough had labelled Poland’s goalkeeper Jan Tomaszewski “a clown” and Peter Taylor had called the visitors “donkeys”. Tomaszewski then turned in a fantastic – and sometimes lucky – performance to deny attack after attack and the Poles went ahead through Jan Domarski who was set up by Grzegorz Lato. England replied through an Allan Clarke penalty, but it was too little, too late. Revenge is a dish best served cold and after 13 years without crossing swords, England gave Poland a thorough beating in the group stage of Mexico 86. A Gary Lineker hat-trick of close-range finishes put the game to bed before half-time to send the Three Lions into the knockout stage. Lineker was on hand again to open the scoring in this World Cup qualifier at Wembley. John Barnes made it two before Neil Webb capitalised on some defensive chaos to make it three. A crucial result for England who scraped into Italia 90 as one of the best second-placed teams even though the Poles finally managed to keep Lineker at bay. Only a year later, the teams clashed again in a Euro 92 qualifier and Lineker found the net again, converting a penalty before Peter Beardsley doubled the advantage – but did he mean it? Lineker’s unrelenting crusade against the Poles continued In the final qualifier for Euro 92. This time a fantastic acrobatic equaliser ensured that the Three Lions made the final cut for what was then an eight-team tournament. Two yeae performance came against Everton on Saturday where he got the better of a duel with Toffees full back and Republic of Ireland international Seamus Coleman.“Dwight was very good again, he continues to defy the logic of young players because when trs later, Lineker was no longer involved but there was a new England striker ready to prey on the Poles. Ian Wright grabbed a late goal to cancel out Dariusz Adamczuk’s first. A convincing victory for Graham Taylor’s men as Les Ferdinand, Paul Gascoigne and Stuart Pearce netted at Wembley. The pair resumed a now familiar rivalry in the qualifiers for France 98. It was Glenn Hoddle’s first match as manager at Wembley and Alan Shearer scored the brace which brought home the points. Strike duo Shearer and Teddy Sheringham grabbed the goals as England turned the World Cup qualifying group into a two-horse race between them and Italy. Paul Scholes was the man to deliver this time as a fantastic hat-trick from the midfield wizard sent the Three Lions on their way. This was the last time an England player bagged three at the old Wembley. A late red card for David Batty blighted a result which ensured England made the play-offs for Euro 2000 where they would dispatch Scotland over two legs. Jermain Defoe’s first start for Englclub’s former assistant manager Rene Meulensteen.The Welshman is expected to be sold by Real Madrid after an inconsistent campaign.But Meulensteen believes Bale’s fitness concerns should deter United from making a move.You would obviously talk about and saw the striker net the opening goal which set Sven Goran Eriksson’s men on course for victory. Maciej Zurawski equalised in the second half but a Arkadiusz Gowacki own-goal sealed the points. Michael Owen deflected in a Joe Cole shot and Frank Lampard scored a fabulous winner 10 minutes from time, either side of a Tomasz Frankowski volley. The three points made sure that Eriksson’s team finished on top of the group and went to Germany the next summer full of hope. A match delayed almost 24 hours after torrential rain in Warsaw, saw Wayne Rooney give England the lead against the run of play. A Joe Hart error then allowed centre-half Kamil Glik to thump home a header.