Poland striker Robert Lewandowski has fired a warning to England and No. 1 goalkeeper Joe Hart ahead of the two sides' World Cup qualifying clash on Tuesday, insisting the Three Lions have defensive problems his team can exploit.
The Borussia Dortmund striker was denied by the Manchester City goalkeeper's heroics during a 1-1 draw in the UEFA Champions League, but Lewandowski says Hart is not unbeatable - and neither is England. The in-demand 24-year-old forward believes his side will be able to capitalize on England's "defensive problems" to get a victory in the crucial match.
"To be honest, we Dortmund players helped [Hart] a little bit in Manchester - and so did the crossbar!", Lewandowski told the Daily Mail. "Besides, we scored one goal so it's not like he is unbeatable or something. We can score past him.
"Maybe one goal like that will give Poland three points on Tuesday, and I hope to score it. We know England have had some defensive problems, and we might just be able to surprise them. They're always going to be a difficult team, but they didn't play so good at Euro 2012, and maybe we can hit form on the right day."
England sits atop Group H of UEFA World Cup qualifying with seven points after three games, while Poland occupies third with four points from two games, so the upcoming game is crucial for both sides' chances of qualifying for the World Cup in Brazil. Hart insists he is looking forward to the clash, but hopes he will not be as busy as he was when he faced Lewandowski at the Etihad Stadium last month.
"Hopefully the game itself won't be as open as the last time I played against [Lewandowski]," Hart told reporters. "It is a big, important game for us and I'm looking forward to it. That's the beauty of international football - when you're playing away you're playing against the nation. But we will have that pocket of fans who we always take and are awesome. We will look to them and be inspired by them, which is great."