Rooney still confident of comfortable England qualification

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Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney is remaining calm after the national team's poor showing in Poland on Wednesday.

The Three Lions laboured to a 1-1 draw in the Warsaw on a sodden pitch after the previous evening’s waterlogging caused the match to be delayed for almost 24 hours.

Rooney scored his 32nd goal for England with a first-half header from Steven Gerrard's corner, before Kamil Glik equalised in the second to earn the hosts a deserved point.

Serbia have responded to racism claims by accusing Danny Rose of behaving inappropriately



And England's senior skipper, Gerrard, is concerned that, unless strong penalties are handed down by the governing body, then their anti-racist message could be tarnished.

He told reporters: "The disappointing thing with what happened last night is it means you are back to square one.

"We seemed to be making great strides forward to get it [racism] out of our game. With a situation like last night, it brings it back to square one.

"It is very disappointing but a lot of people above me need to take control of the situation.

"The authorities have to get tough. It is the only solution. No-one else can do anything about it.

"They are the people in control, who can give out massive huge fines and ban people. Why wait? Do it now."

Rose was sent off at the end of the game after retaliating to the racist abuse, by kicking a ball towards the stands, and the Serbian FA have since lambasted the Tottenham youngster, on loan at Sunderland, describing his behaviour as "inappropriate, unsportsmanlike and vulgar".

Gerrard’s senior colleague Jermain Defoe also echoed the statements made by his captain about the despicable scenes in Krusevac.

"If you are getting those sort of chants, it is not nice. It is not nice to experience anything like that," the Spurs striker said after the Three Lions' 1-1 draw with Poland.

"'I've had a few texts and, from what I understand, it was tough out there for the boys.

"Under-21s and seniors are such big games to play in and all you want to do is to be equal to everyone else."

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