England travel to Warsaw for a Group H game against Poland on Monday, October 15, 2012, in what promises to be a tough game for Roy Hodgson’s wards.
Handed the captaincy, Rooney led his side to a 5-0 demolition of San Marino at Wembley last week and that win propelled England to the top of the group. Poland beat Moldova 2-0 last Tuesday and consequently they are three points adrift of England but have a game to play after this one which incidentally will be England’s last of the qualifiers.
A key battle of the game could be a showdown between Robert Lewandowski and Wayne Rooney. Two years younger than Rooney, Lewandowski who plays for Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga is Poland’s main attacking spearhead. (There are rumours that he could join Rooney at Manchester United.)
Ahead of the game, Hodgson will be glad to see the return of Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson from suspension; Jermain Defoe, James Milner and Joleon Lescott who were rested during the San Marino game are also likely to be back in action. However, Ryan Bertrand and Frank Lampard continue to remain on the injury list.
For Poland, there’s bad news in the form of skipper Jakub Blaszczykowski’s ankle injury that is likely to keep him out of action for as many as six weeks.
Poland’s probable eleven: Tyton, Perquis, Wasiwelewski, Wojtkowiak, Wawrzyniak, Borysiuk, Mierzejewski, Krychowiak, Wszolek, Lewandowski, Piech.
England’s probable eleven: Hart, Johnson, Cahill, Jagielka, Cole, Milner, Carrick, Gerrard, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Defoe, Rooney.
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