Branded a clown by Brian Clough, goalkeeper Tomaszewski broke fans’ hearts at Wembley and brought about the sacking of Sir Alf Ramsey 40 years ago by ensuring a 1-1 draw when England required a win to qualify for the 1974 World Cup finals.
Tomaszewski, now a 65-year-old politician, told the Daily Mail: "Hart will feel most nervous before the match against Montenegro because it looks as though the loser of that one will not qualify for Brazil. If it goes wrong it will also decide Hodgson’s future.
"The England manager has done the right thing by backing Hart, because he is still one of the best keepers in the world. I know what it is like to be dropped after losing 3-1 at home against a great German side. Poland lost to West Germany in a European Championship qualifier in 1971. I was wrongly blamed and discarded. It took me a year of hard work to get back into the side.
"It would have been unprofessional of Hodgson to drop Joe for these qualifying matches. Now, if England don’t qualify, Hodgson will be thrown out of his job.
"When England could not beat our Polish team in 1973, Ramsey had already won the World Cup and been knighted by the Queen. It didn’t save him. The manager always pays the price if a national team do not qualify for the World Cup."
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