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England captain Steven Gerrard will use the "haunting" memory of failing to reach Euro 2008 as motivation in their World Cup qualifier against Poland.

Roy Hodgson's side must beat the Poles to guarantee progress to Brazil 2014.

A 3-2 home loss against Croatia knocked England out of Euro 2008, their last failure to reach a major tournament.

"The Croatia game is a memory you will never be able to eject and that's why it's important we seize this moment," said 33-year-old Gerrard.
Resurgent England?

Since the 3-2 defeat to Croatia in 2007, England have lost just two competitive matches in normal time. A 1-0 defeat to Ukraine in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup and the 4-1 loss to Germany at the tournament.

Mladen Petric's late strike sealed a win for Slaven Bilic's side and sent England to consecutive European Championship qualifier defeats in 2007.

The loss also ended Steve McClaren's role as England manager and ensured Gerrard watched Spain's triumph at Euro 2008 from home.

"The memories are very different when you look back," added Gerrard. "The Croatia night and experience haunts you for a very, very long time.

"When Roy first called me over the captaincy and gave it to me full time, the job was to lead the lads into Brazil and it would be a huge satisfaction for me if we do it."

England beat Montenegro 4-1 on Friday and the team are unbeaten in nine matches since losing to Sweden last November.

Hodgson's side top Group H with 19 points, one ahead of Ukraine going into the final round of matches. However England will need to win as Ukraine meet minnows San Marino, who have never won a qualifier.

Good luck England, hope you win tonight's match!

Well done England, Brazil here we come!  Very Happy

Goals from Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard saw England beat Poland and secure a spot at the 2014 World Cup.

Rooney headed in Leighton Baines' cross before half-time, but missed chances and a string of Wojciech Szczesny saves increased the tension inside Wembley.

Andros Townsend hit the bar before the break, and in the second half Szczesny denied Rooney and Daniel Sturridge.

But captain Gerrard flicked over the Poland goalkeeper two minutes from time to confirm England's place in Brazil.

And well done Wales  Very Happy

Captain Aaron Ramsey struck late on as battling Wales earned a draw away to 2014 World Cup qualifiers Belgium.

The hosts were hoping to celebrate their qualification in style, but it took 64 minutes for Chelsea's Kevin De Bruyne to break the deadlock.

Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey was outstanding while Ramsey and Craig Bellamy, in his final Wales appearance before retiring, stood out.

Bellamy assisted Ramsey to help seal fifth spot in Group A.

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