thumbnail Hello,

The Borussia Dortmund attacker is looking forward to playing in front of a large contingent of Polish fans when his side take on England, who are chasing World Cup qualification

Poland winger Jakub Blaszczykowski is hoping to entertain the 18,000 Poles who will be supporting the side at Wembley for the final World Cup qualifier with England.

The visitors cannot qualify for next year’s finals, but that has not dampened excitement for the match with the FA doubling the away team's allocation - meaning just under a quarter of fans will be supporting Waldemar Fornalik's side.

England must win to guarantee their place in Brazil next summer, but Blaszczykowski is hoping the Polish contingent can add pressure to the occasion and help the side claim an unexpected victory.

EXTRA FANS COULD LIFT POLAND - HODGSON
8/1 England are 8/1 with BetVictor to beat Poland 2-1
"I am happy to hear about so many Poles coming to the match. We want to entertain them and get a very good result at Wembley,” Blaszczykowski said.

"Against Ireland, most of the fans were Poles and we expect the same tomorrow. Hopefully we will play well enough to send them back home smiling.

"We are all very unhappy at not qualifying but that is how it is. We have not scored enough goals despite creating many chances, and have drawn too many matches, most after single mistakes."

Poland boss Fornalik echoed Blaszczykowski's excitement at the number of away fans, and hopes they can cheer the side to victory.

"It will be a significant impact to have so many fans in the stands," said Fornalik. "Polish fans have a track record of lifting the team in good times and bad."

The two nations famously faced each other in 1973, where Poland prevented Sir Alf Ramsey’s England from reaching the following year’s World Cup, and Blaszczykowski is using the game as inspiration.

"That game in 1973 has a very important place in our history," said Blaszczykowski. "People still talk about it now. It would be exciting to be part of history ourselves by getting a good result tomorrow as well."

Related

From the web