England will look to finish the international break with their perfect World Cup qualifying record still intact as they face Poland on Wednesday: Everything to know ahead of kick-off
- England finish the international break against Poland on Wednesday night
- The Three Lions strolled to a 4-0 win over Andorra at Wembley on Sunday
- Gareth Southgate’s side maintained their 100 per cent record with the win
- A victory could move England eight points clear and in a commanding position
England will look to finish the international break in style as they face a tricky trip to Poland on Wednesday.
The Three Lions have maintained their 100 per cent World Cup qualifying record with two wins from as many games during the international break, beating Hungary away and Andorra at home.
Gareth Southgate was afforded the luxury of resting his first XI in the 4-0 win over Andorra on Sunday, though captain Harry Kane, Jack Grealish and Mason Mount were all introduced in the second half.
Goals from Kane and Bukayo Saka, alongside an impressive Jesse Lingard double, were enough to see England through in what was their fifth win in as many qualifiers.
The England boss was experimental in his team selection, giving Patrick Bamford his debut and trying out Trent Alexander-Arnold in midfield, but they’ll face a sterner test on Wednesday.
With the clash quickly approaching, Sportsmail takes you through the all-important information.
England strolled to a 4-0 win over Andorra on Sunday to maintain their 100 per cent record
The World Cup qualifier between Poland and England will take place on Wednesday, September 8.
The match will start at 7.45pm BST and will be played at the Narodowy Stadium in Warsawn.
It marks a quick turnaround for the Three Lions, who played away in Hungary last Thursday, before returning home to face Andorra on Sunday.
How to watch the match
Poland vs England will be broadcast for free on ITV1, with coverage starting at 7.15pm.
UK viewers will be able to stream the match online for free via their ITV Hub.
There will also be a highlights package on the same channel, starting at 10.45pm, showing both Poland vs England and the other matches taking place across Europe.
Sportsmail will also be running a live blog, so you can keep up-to-date with us.
How is Group I shaping up?
England remain top of Group I, with five wins from five giving them a perfect record.
And importantly, it’s only the winner of each group who secures automatic qualification for the World Cup in Qatar next year.
England now have just one fixture remaining during the international break, with the trip to Poland on Wednesday.
Jesse Lingard (left) and Bukayo Saka (right) were both on the scoresheet against Andorra
A further victory over Poland would put England in a truly commanding position heading into the next set of fixtures in early October.
But they come up against Poland, who have won their previous two matches on the spin and are the group’s current top scorers with 18 goals in five games.
England were again without Jadon Sancho on Sunday evening, after the Manchester United signing left the squad after picking up a knock.
Southgate had an otherwise fit squad to pick from against Andorra, with Leeds forward Patrick Bamford handed his first-ever England cap.
The 28-year-old was substituted with 30-minutes remaining after failing to grab his opportunity, however, with captain Harry Kane coming on and scoring from the spot.
Patrick Bamford was handed his England debut by Gareth Southgate, but he was replaced by captain Harry Kane, who scored his 40th goal for his country with a penalty
Robert Lewandowski will lead the line for Poland, after missing the return fixture in March
Southgate changed his entire starting XI for the clash, with the likes of Jude Bellingham and Lingard, in particular, impressing. The England boss also tried out both Alexander-Arnold and Reece James in midfield.
But it was the introduction of Kane, Grealish and Mount that really got England clicking and with a tougher test against Poland up next a more familiar lineup will likely return.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Marcus Rashford, Phil Foden, Ben White and Dean Henderson are all absent from the squad with injuries.
Meanwhile, Poland will have Robert Lewandowski leading the line once more, after he scored twice in the 7-1 win over San Marino on Sunday.
Goalkeepers: Pickford, Johnstone, Pope
Defenders: Alexander-Arnold, Coady, James, Maguire, Mings, Shaw, Stones, Trippier, Walker
Midfielders: Bellingham, Henderson, Lingard, Mount, Phillips, Rice
Forwards: Bamford, Grealish, Kane, Saka, Sancho, Sterling
Poland vs England: The odds
England and Poland are certainly no strangers, having played on 20 prior occasions.
And it’s fair to say, it’s the Three Lions who have come out favourably, emerging victorious 12 times, while drawing seven and losing just once – all the way back in 1973.
Southgate’s side also came out on top when the pair last met in March, as Harry Maguire’s late winner handed the hosts a 2-1 win at Wembley.
Harry Maguire (centre) scored a late winner as England beat Poland 2-1 back in March
England were fortunate that star striker Lewandowski was absent, however, a luxury they won’t be afforded this time. So while the visitors go into the game with a perfect Group I record and as the favourites once more, it won’t necessarily be a comfortable evening.
The visitors are favoured at 4/6 to get the win, with a draw at 27/10 and an historic Poland win at 9/2.
*Odds as per Betfair and correct at the time of publication.
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