The Straits Times
Published on Oct 18, 2012

Rooney, Gerrard upbeat despite 1-1 draw with Poland


WARSAW (AFP) - Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney believe England will still qualify for the World Cup despite Wednesday's 1-1 draw in Poland but admit the performance in Warsaw was far from perfect.

Both teams saw their preparations thrown into chaos when the 2014 qualifier was postponed on Tuesday because of a waterlogged pitch and re-arranged for Wednesday.

However Poland coped with the conditions far better as they came from behind to earn a point in a tie they were unfortunate not to win.

"It was a difficult game, a difficult pitch," admitted Manchester United striker Rooney.