Oct 15, 2013 at 8pm UK at ​Wembley Stadium
England
2-0
Poland
Rooney (41'), Gerrard (88')
Lampard (76'), Rooney (80')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Steven Gerrard: 'Croatia defeat will inspire me'

Gerrard: 'Croatia defeat will inspire me'
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England captain Steven Gerrard will use the pain of their defeat to Croatia in 2007 to try to ensure that the Three Lions qualify for the World Cup with victory over Poland.

Captain Steven Gerrard has revealed that the memory of defeat to Croatia in 2007 will motivate him to try to ensure that England qualify for the World Cup with victory over Poland on Tuesday.

The Three Lions can guarantee progress to Brazil 2014 with a win at Wembley, which is less than what they needed to qualify for the 2008 European Championships when they hosted Croatia six years ago.

Requiring only a draw, England were beaten 3-2 on a night that still haunts Gerrard, and the Liverpool midfielder is desperate not to suffer a similar experience against the Poles this week.

Asked what memories will inspire him on Tuesday, Gerrard told reporters: "A big massive picture of the Croatia game in 2007.

"It's a memory I'll have to take to the grave with me. One of the lowest moments of my international journey. It is one of those memories that keeps coming back and coming back. It wasn't about nerves. We under-performed."

On that night at Wembley in 2007, Frank Lampard and Peter Crouch had each scored to cancel out Croatia's 2-0 lead, before West Ham United striker Mladen Petric won it for his side 13 minutes from time.

Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard celebrate an England goal against Moldova.
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