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WC Qualification Europe

  • October 17, 2012
  • • 23:00
  • • Stadion Narodowy, Warszawa
  • Referee: G. Rocchi
  • • Attendance: 47000

Poland - England Preview: Hosts looking to end 39-year wait for a win over the Three Lions

Poland - England Preview: Hosts looking to end 39-year wait for a win over the Three Lions


After the original game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch the teams will try again in Warsaw with Hodgson's men aiming to defend their position at the top of the the group



Piszczek, Glik, Wasilewski, Wawrzyniak
Borysiuk, Krychowiak
Mierzejewski, Obraniak, Grosicki

Johnson, Jagielka, Lescott, Cole
Milner, Carrick, Gerrard, Cleverley
Rooney, Defoe

Both Poland and England announced their teams for the original games, although Fifa will allow the teams to alter their line-ups should they wish.

Newly-appointed Poland manager Waldemar Fornalik is without national team captain Jakub Blaszczykowski, who turned his ankle on domestic duty with Borussia Dortmund.

Arsenal goalkeeping pair Wojciech Szczesny (foot) and Lukasz Fabianski (shoulder) are both injured, so Przemyslaw Tyton will start in goal.

Eugen Polanski is also a major doubt, after leaving the Polish camp on Thursday to deal with personal issues, so Grzegorz Krychowiak and Ariel Borysiuk, who started in Poland’s friendly against South Africa, are expected continue in central midfield.

Roy Hodgson, meanwhile, has confirmed he intends to stick with the same side that he named for Tuesday's game.
The England boss made six changes from the team that beat San Marino on Friday with Steven Gerrard returning to captain the side.

There are also returns for Glen Johnson, Ashley Cole and Joleon Lescott in defence while James Milner comes into the midfield and Jermain Defoe partners Wayne Rooney in attack.

  • Poland haven’t beaten England since 1973 when they recorded a 2-0 win over Sir Alf Ramsey’s side at the Silesian Stadium.
  • Waldemar Fornalik was appointed the new manager of Poland in July after the White Eagles failed to escape their group at Euro 2012. Poland haven’t qualified from their group at a major international tournament since 1986.
  • The hosts, listed 49 places below England in the Fifa rankings, are unbeaten in qualifying so far, drawing 2-2 away to Montenegro and beating Moldova 2-0 at home.
  • Skipper Jakub Blaszczykowski is Poland’s leading scorer in 2012 with four goals in nine games, but will miss the clash with England due to an ankle injury.
  • Just eight of Poland’s 23-man squad play their domestic football in Poland, whereas England’s entire squad play their domestic football in the Premier League.
  • England have only lost to Poland once in their history and are unbeaten in 39 years, winning 10 times, drawing six, scoring 27 goals and conceding just 10.
  • Steven Gerrard (pictured right) and Ashley Cole will make their 99th appearances for England, but could have to wait until 2013 to reach their centuries.
  • The Three Lions have two wins and a draw in their World Cup qualification campaign so far, scoring eleven goals to top Group H.
  • Wayne Rooney’s double against San Marino took him to fifth on the England all-time scoring charts with 31 goals, overtaking Tom Finney, Nat Lofthouse and Alan Shearer.
  • Danny Welbeck is England’s highest scorer in the Roy Hodgson era, while Jermain Defoe has struck 17 times in his last 19 starts for his country.

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