England report incident involving Kamil Glik and Kyle Walker
The Polish defender apparently pinched Kyle Walker’s neck during the halftime melee that ensued among the players.
England has reported an on-field incident that happened during the halftime of their match against Poland to the match referees.
Poland’s Kamil Glik appeared to pinch the neck of Kyle Walker in a half-time melee. Both sets of players clashed at half-time during the World Cup Qualifier match in Warsaw. Click and Harry Maguire were both shown yellow cards.
FIFA will investigate the incident after England reported it to the match referees. It will now look into the matter to understand the full facts of what took place.
Gareth Southgate talking about the incident on BBC Radio 5 Live said:
“We’re getting to grips with what that was. There’s been a report put in and we need to find out a little bit more about what’s happened. At the moment we’re still gathering all the evidence so there’s no point in me speculating any further.”
When asked again about the incident in the post-match press conference, Southgate added: “We’re trying to find out exactly what happened and when we know more then we will let people know.”
England draw 1-1 at Poland
Southgate defended his decision of not fielding any substitutes after England conceded a stoppage-time goal in the 1-1 draw in Warsaw.
The England manager made 11 changes in the starting line-up from Sunday’s win over Andorra, reverting to the starting side he put out for last Thursday’s win in Hungary for the trip to Poland.
After Harry Kane’s strike had put the visitors ahead, Southgate stuck with those players, despite England retreating in the latter stages of what had been a physical and, at times, frantic contest.
Southgate felt that England was very comfortable and in total control. Therefore, substitutions, he felt would have been making for the sake of it. He did not want the rhythm of the team to be disrupted.
“I have absolutely no doubt that will be questioned but we didn’t see that was needed”, Southgate said.
His options on the bench included defenders Reece James, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Conor Coady, and Kieran Trippier.