The Three Lions end the international break away a second placed Poland
It's been a predictably easy return to the fray for Gareth Southgate's side as emphatic 4-0 victories over Hungary and Andorra pre-empt the only real challenge in this group, an away fixture against Poland. The Poles crashed out of Euro 2020 at the group stage but have bounced back rather well with a 4-1 win over Albania and 7-1 drubbing of San Marino last week. Paulo Sousa will be disappointed that his men allowed the minnows to score their first World Cup qualifying goal in eight years due to a defensive error but will be pleased with the output at the other end of the pitch. England's first team cruised past Hungary before the second stringers were given their chance against Andorra. It's been a comfortable week for both sides but this match is set to be a little more competitive.
Poland have amassed a fantastic home record. They have won their last seven consecutive home games in World Cup qualifying, scoring a minimum of two goals in every game. They've also scored more goals than any other team in this group, including England. There's no doubting their ability to score goals and, led by their talismanic striker Robert Lewandowski, will be confident that they can keep the run going and upset the Euro 2020 finalists. In the reverse fixture back in March, England came out winners at Wembley 2-1. It was a close fought contest and that will likely be the case here. While Poland are not at the upper echelon of elite international sides right now, they do boast one of the very best players on the planet and have a squad full of professionals who ply their trade in major European leagues. They are not to be taken lightly.
Gareth Southgate will probably return to his more preferred stars for this encounter. We are likely to see a very similar X1 to the one which faced Hungary. There could be an opportunity for one or two fringe players to get on the pitch, at least as substitutes. While Poland don't represent the same threat as Italy or Denmark, England will need to play a strong side to match them. Like Southgate did against Andorra, Sousa also rested several players for the game against San Marino. He's likely to recall the likes of Jan Bednarek and Kamil Glik, while Lewandowski will be looking to make an impact after having missed the first clash between these two back in March.
Probable Poland Lineup: Szczesny, Dawidowicz, Glik, Bednarek, Jozwiak, Krychowiak, Moder, Linetty, Rybus, Buksa, Lewandowski
Probable England Lineup: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw, Rice, Phillips, Sterling, Mount, Grealish, Kane
How to watch Poland vs England on TV and live stream
Poland vs England
Wednesday 8 September 2021
Kick off: 19.45
PGE Narodowy, Warsaw
You can watch this match live on free-to-air TV in the UK on channel ITV1. Coverage of the big match starts at 19.15 with pre-match analysis from a panel of pundits, before kick off at 19.45. Alternatively, you can watch the same coverage online via live stream with the ITV Hub, which is also completely free to use, and is present on most devices from desktop to mobile phone. You need to be in the UK and hold a TV license to watch this match.
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