October 16, 2021

LIVE: England vs Poland

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England have won their last seven home matches against Poland, a run stretching back to 1989. The Three Lions last failed to win at home against the Poles back in 1973, drawing 1-1 in a World Cup qualifier, a result that saw England fail to reach the 1974 World Cup.

Crucially for Paulo Sousa’s men, Robert Lewandowski misses out with a knee injury and Swiderski replaces him. Alongside the enforced change, the visitors also make three other changes as they move to a three-man defence. Centre-backs Celik and Bednarek join Glik in defence, while Moder comes in for Milik, who drops to the bench. Positive Covid-19 tests for Lukasz Skorupski and Mateusz Klich mean they also miss out.

Gareth Southgate opts for just the one change from the Albania game. Chilwell is preferred to Shaw at left-back, as Southgate again opts for a back four instead of a back three. James Ward-Prowse misses out of the squad entirely, returning to Southampton early as a fitness precaution for the remainder of the Premier League campaign.

SUBS: Arkadiusz Milik, Rafal Augustyniak, Paweł Dawidowicz, Lukasz Fabianski, Kamil Grosicki, Sebastian Kowalczyk, Kamil Jozwiak, Przemyslaw Placheta, Karol Niemczycki, Sebastian Szymanski, Kacper Kozlowski, Arkadiusz Reca.

POLAND (3-4-2-1): Wojciech Szczesny; Michal Celik, Kamil Glik, Jan Bednarek; Bartosz Bereszynski, Maciej Rybus, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Jakub Moder; Piotr Zielinski, Karol Swiderski; Krzysztof Piatek.

SUBS: Eric Dier, Luke Shaw, Tyrone Mings, Conor Coady, Reece James, Jude Bellingham, Jesse Lingard, Sam Johnstone, Dean Henderson, Ollie Watkins, Kieran Tripper, Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

ENGLAND (4-3-3): Nick Pope; Ben Chilwell, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Kyle Walker; Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, Phil Foden; Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Mason Mount.

After a 5-0 thrashing of San Marino and an efficient performance away at Albania to win 2-0, England face their largest challenge of the group yet. Poland, who disappointed in a 3-3 draw with Hungary, corrected their wrongdoings by cruising past Andorra 3-0 on the weekend, meaning they have four points from two matches.

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the World Cup qualifying Group I fixture between England and Poland at Wembley Stadium.