Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny thinks England can win the World Cup in Brazil

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny thinks England can win the World Cup. Photo: PA

Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny sees no reason why England should not believe they can go on to win the 2014 World Cup.

Roy Hodgson's men saw off the challenge of Poland with a 2-0 victory at Wembley on Tuesday night to secure top spot in Group H ahead of Ukraine.

For a while, though, it looked as if another Poland goalkeeper was set to follow in the footsteps of Jan Tomaszewski and help thwart England's World Cup dreams as the Arsenal stopped pulled off a couple of good reaction saves.

When the Arsenal goalkeeper was beaten, a fierce drive from Andros Townsend cannoned back off the crossbar.

Eventually Wayne Rooney settled the Wembley nerves when he glanced in a cross from Leighton Baines just before the break and, following some more saves from Szczesny to deny both Rooney and Danny Welbeck, captain Steven Gerrard scored a late second.

Szczesny believes Hodgson's squad can continue to grow in confidence over the next seven months and go on to make a real impact when they get to Brazil.

"I thought offensively England were fantastic. They created a lot of chances, which was probably good for me as it meant I could make a couple of good saves, but I am obviously very disappointing about the result," Szczesny said.

  • Szczesny made a number of brilliant saves against England

"England are also solid in defence now, so if they keep going like that and can improve a bit more, then surely they will have a chance at the World Cup.

"If they can go to Brazil with the same attitude which beat us, then they will be one of the favourites, and I think they believe they are. I hope they can do very well.

"They can go all the way. Obviously if I was there I would be hoping Poland could win it, but I will be hoping that England can now go all the way and win it.

"There are no realistic targets when you go to the World Cup, you just want to win and make your dream come true."

Poland were cheered on by a massive support inside Wembley, with well over 20,000 fans spread around the stadium.

It made for an amazing atmosphere and there were spells, particularly in the first half, when the visitors created some good openings themselves and things could have been different had both Waldemar Sobota and Robert Lewandowski hit the target when in on goal.

"We knew the fans were going to be fantastic for us and they kept us going through some tough periods," Szczesny said.

"We tried to give something back to them by getting a result, but hopefully they were able to enjoy the game."