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Ukraine will be ready to pounce in San Marino if Roy Hodgson & Co. slip up at Wembley, but is there reasons to be fearful or cheerful for the Three Lions?


With a place in next summer's World Cup up for grabs, England know they must beat Poland on Tuesday night to be sure of qualification.

Friday night's confidence boosting 4-1 win over Montenegro kept Roy Hodgson's charges at the top of Group H, but aware that any slip ups will see second-placed Ukraine likely take advantage against San Marino.

England have not lost to Poland since 1973, a run stretching back 15 games, but that encounter 40 years ago prevented the Three Lions - who were crowned world champions just seven years previously, from reaching the Germany-hosted tournament the following summer.

Poland were, of course, aided by a stunning display from goalkeeper Jan Tomaszewski on that day and England will be buoyed by the fact they have only failed to score once in their previous 11 encouters.

But who is Poland's danger man this time? Undoubtably Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski. While he may not have replicated his domestic form for his country - 75 goals over the past three seasons cannot be ignored, especially with the occasionally suspect defensive partnership of Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka.


So can Poland spring a surprise and bring back the memories of England's failure to qualify for Euro 2008? Or will Roy Hodgson banish those memories and book the Three Lions' place in Brazil.

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