England will take on Poland on Wednesday in what is undoubtedly their most challenging 2022 World Cup qualifier to date.
Gareth Southgate’s side have got off to a solid start in Group I, beating San Marino 5-0 in their opener, before walking to a comfortable 2-0 win over Albania three days later.
England will try to complete the international break in style in what is their third game in less than a week. It is a game of perhaps more meaning than meets the eye, as it is the last game before Southgate names its side for this summer’s European championships.
The competition is the last chance to impress before Gareth Southgate chooses his Euro 2020 roster
When is England vs Poland?
England will take on Poland in their final qualifying match of the international break on Wednesday 31 March, kicking off at 7:45 PM.
After traveling for their second qualifying match against Albania, England are once again returning to the comforts of home, with Wembley Stadium as the venue.
As with their meeting with San Marino, England will again play the qualifier behind closed doors due to the prevailing coronavirus restrictions.
How do you view England versus Poland?
As has been the case for both of England’s previous qualifiers, their match against Poland will be broadcast live on ITV 1.
Those with a TV license can also stream the match live from the ITVHub website or app.
How are things with the English group?
England are currently at the top of Group I and have won two matches from as many matches
After two wins from as many games it is England, so currently it is at the top of Group I, which comes as a surprise to few.
The group favorites have yet to give in in both qualifiers, with a healthy goal difference of +7, showing how comfortable it has been so far.
In second place is England’s opponent Poland, who drew Hungary in their opener before walking to a 3-0 win over Andorra.
It is Hungary in third place, after their draw with Poland and the subsequent 3-0 victory over San Marino.
Albania claimed a narrow victory over Andorra which was fifth in their opener to put it in fourth place, while San Marino is at the bottom of the pile with no points.
England vs Poland: team news
Harry Kane (right) hopes to get back on the scoresheet, but Mason Mount (right) has doubts
The big news for England is that Mason Mount, who has received much praise from Southgate for his stellar performance, has undoubtedly missed practice with an injury on Tuesday.
The Chelsea midfielder has emerged as a prominent member of Southgate’s first XI and continued to shine with a goal in the 2-0 win against Albania.
Should Mount fail to recover in time, the likes of Jude Bellingham – recently described by Roy Keane as the ‘complete midfielder’ – could get his chance to impress.
Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka remain completely out of the question with an injury.
Otherwise, Southgate could choose a team close to the one we saw against Albania, with Mount, Nick Pope, Raheem Sterling, Kalvin Phillips and John Stones the players who have started every game so far.
However, Declan Rice was an unused substitute against Albania and it might be more surprising to see him back on the bench. In the meantime, Southgate may also want to take a look at some of his other options as a fullback.
As for Poland, they’ve taken a big hit with the news that Robert Lewandowski will miss the game due to a knee injury.
Backup keeper Lukasz Skorupski and Leeds midfielder Mateusz Klich have also tested positive for the coroan virus, as have Grzegorz Krychowiak and Kamil Piątkowski.
English team completely
Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Sam Johnstone (West Bromwich Albion), Nick Pope (Burnley)
Defenders: Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones ( Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Phil Foden (Manchester City), Jesse Lingard (West Ham United, Manchester United loan), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United), Declan Rice (West Ham United), James Ward -Prowse (Southampton)
Forward: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa)
England vs Poland: the odds
As expected, it is England that are the overwhelming favorites to beat Poland.
They last met in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, where England won 2-0 at Wembley.
England have lost just one of 18 games against Poland, and the odds certainly reflect those results, with England being the 1/4 favorites.
Poles are the main underdogs on 11/1 to claim a win, while a draw is on 9/2.
* Odds according to Betfair and correct at time of publication
Group A: Portugal, Serbia, Ireland, Luxembourg, Azerbaijan
Group B: Spain, Sweden, Greece, Georgia, Kosovo
Group C: Italy, Switzerland, Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, Lithuania
Group D: France, Ukraine, Finland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan
Group E: Belgium, Wales, Czech Republic, Belarus, Estonia
Group F: Denmark, Austria, Scotland, Israel, Faroe Islands, Moldova
Group G: Netherlands, Turkey, Norway, Montenegro, Latvia, Gibraltar
Group H: Croatia, Slovakia, Russia, Slovenia, Cyprus, Malta
Group I: England, Poland, Hungary, Albania, Andorra, San Marino
Group J: Germany, Romania, Iceland, North Macedonia, Armenia, Liechtenstein