Phil Foden is predicted to begin for England as Gareth Southgate’s facet tackle Poland on Wednesday of their ultimate World Cup Qualifier of this worldwide break, whereas Mason Mount faces a late health check forward of the sport at Wembley.
Foden is predicted to begin the sport whether or not or not Mount is match after the Chelsea midfielder sat out of the primary a part of Tuesday’s session. He undertook restoration work within the gymnasium, whereas the remainder of the 24-man squad skilled forward of the match.
Southgate has delayed telling the gamers who will begin the World Cup Qualifier to present Mount the utmost time to show his health. Foden is predicted to be positioned on the left of an attacking three, with Raheem Sterling on the best and Harry Kane by the center.
James Ward-Prowse, who scored within the 5-0 victory in opposition to San Marino, has returned to Southampton after being rested for Wednesday’s recreation as a health precaution.
Southgate’s ultimate choice for Euro 2020 is prone to be made in late Might, with the match kicking off on June 11 and England’s first recreation in opposition to Croatia at Wembley on June 13.
England will play two pre-tournament friendlies in opposition to Austria and Romania earlier than the Euros, however Wednesday’s conflict with Poland is the final aggressive recreation earlier than that huge announcement and may assist the supervisor additional agency up concepts about personnel and formation.
Southgate will likely be conscious that the likes of Jordan Pickford, Jordan Henderson and Jack Grealish have missed the March internationals attributable to damage, however followers will likely be eager to see some glimpses of how England might form up for Euro 2020.
Will Southgate choose his strongest XI?
Sky Sports activities Information reporter Kaveh Solhekol:
“It has been excellent up to now, so far as Southgate is worried – two video games, two wins, no accidents and he is been capable of handle the minutes. He was requested whether or not he’d choose his strongest facet for Poland and I simply detected a touch of frustration – he understands the necessity to handle his relationship with Premier League golf equipment however burdened there comes some extent when rotation has to cease in order that steered he can be taking part in his strongest facet.
“Southgate will likely be attempting to slim down his squad now.
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“He’ll have discovered that this squad is stronger than what he had at Russia – there’s competitors for locations everywhere in the pitch. There are not less than one other seven or eight gamers who are usually not within the squad in the meanwhile however who’ve hopes of constructing it for the Euros.
“Actually there are a number of gamers who missed out on this squad however, I feel, will certainly be on the Euros if match: Jordan Henderson, who’s recovering from a groin operation, Jack Grealish – everybody desires to see him play, it appears – and Jadon Sancho, who’s out injured in the meanwhile. If they’re match, which means some gamers should drop out.
“I feel Southgate’s strongest entrance three as he sees it are Kane, Sterling and Rashford. There was an argument six months to a 12 months in the past about Sancho vs Rashford however Sancho has had an damage, hasn’t performed a lot, and remains to be maturing.
“Dominic Calvert-Lewin is completely the back-up to Kane and Mount has impressed me massively – I feel he is a shoo-in not only for the squad, however for the beginning XI.
“A few different gamers have enhanced their prospects – Foden performed rather well in opposition to Albania and I feel he is virtually sure to be within the squad now. Bellingham – we have heard Southgate converse in glowing phrases about him – it appears he’ll be within the squad too. Phillips has began each video games and Ward-Prowse has performed effectively too.”
Dorsett: Pickford has consolidated No 1 spot
Sky Sports activities Information reporter Rob Dorsett:
“It is a key recreation for England – they’ve solely received two friendlies earlier than the Euros so Southgate will see this as an actual marker of the place his facet are at.
“The most important takeaway for me up to now is that in his absence, Jordan Pickford has consolidated his place as No 1. It is unusual as a result of he hasn’t performed and although I imply no disrespect to Nick Pope, who has grow to be the primary England goalkeeper to maintain six clear sheets in his first six video games, his distribution at instances was common and poor by personal excessive requirements; Burnley do not play the ball out from the again. If Pickford is match, he is No 1.
“I am stunned Jude Bellingham hasn’t been given extra game-time. I do not assume he’ll begin in opposition to Poland and I get the impression Southgate has determined Mount might be that No. 8 over Bellingham, if he decides to play Mount there.
“Trent Alexander-Arnold I feel is a shoo-in, I feel that is solely non permanent. However I feel it is going to be tough for James Maddison to pressure his means in. In the intervening time I feel it additionally seems to be like both Mings or Coady will make the squad for those who assume Maguire and Stones are shoo-ins and also you assume Dier and Walker can play in numerous positions. It seems to be like Coady, who has captained England and whom Southgate sees as a frontrunner, is forward of Mings within the pondering proper now.”
There are doubts over the provision of Mason Mount. The Chelsea midfielder took half in a gymnasium restoration session on Tuesday morning. He joined in with full coaching with the squad later within the day however will face a late health check.
Southgate stated: “No, he did not heat up with the crew however he did the remainder of the session with the crew. He must be wonderful. They’re all obtainable so far as we’re involved.”
The remainder of the 25-man squad skilled as regular forward of the sport at Wembley.
Group I standings…
England presently lead World Cup Qualifying Group I as the one facet to have gained their first two matches, with Poland tied for second on 4 factors with Hungary.
England thrashed San Marino 5-0 of their opening recreation on Thursday earlier than easing to a 2-0 win in Albania on Sunday, whereas Poland drew 3-3 away to Hungary of their first Group I recreation, earlier than successful at dwelling to minnows Andorra.
England vs Poland – The stats
- England have misplaced simply one among their 19 matches in opposition to Poland (W11 D7), shedding 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in June 1973 in Chorzow.
- England have gained their final seven dwelling matches in opposition to Poland, a run stretching again to 1989. The Three Lions final didn’t win at dwelling in opposition to the Poles again in 1973, drawing 1-1 in a World Cup qualifier, a outcome that noticed England fail to succeed in the 1974 World Cup.
- That is the seventh World Cup group stage qualification marketing campaign to see England face Poland, essentially the most of two nations within the historical past of European World Cup qualifying. England have confronted Poland in two of the three campaigns they’ve didn’t qualify from, for the 1974 and 1994 World Cups.
- England have misplaced simply one among their final 49 World Cup/EURO qualifying matches, shedding 1-2 in opposition to Czech Republic in October 2019. At dwelling, the Three Lions are unbeaten in 29 qualifiers (W26 D3), successful every of their final 19.
- Since shedding three video games within the 2014 World Cup qualification marketing campaign (together with defeat to England), Poland have misplaced simply three of their subsequent 32 matches in World Cup/EURO qualifying (W23 D6).
- Harry Kane has scored on six days of the week for England however by no means managed to take action on a Wednesday, failing in three completely different video games on that day up to now. Solely Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney have scored on all seven of the times of the week for the Three Lions.
Wednesday’s video games…
England vs Poland – kick-off 7.45pm, observe with our dwell weblog and watch free highlights quarter-hour after full-time
Andorra vs Hungary – kick-off 7.45pm, dwell on Sky Sports activities Soccer crimson button
San Marino vs Albania – kick-off 7.45pm, dwell on Sky Sports activities Soccer crimson button
Issues for Poland
The go to of Poland has been billed as a a lot sterner check for Southgate and his facet following their wins over San Marino and Albania, however Poland have loads of issues of their very own as they head to Wembley for what’s seen as a vital fixture in Group I.
In what is a big blow for Paulo Sousa’s facet, Robert Lewandowski will miss the sport in opposition to England on Wednesday attributable to a knee damage.
An announcement from the Polish FA on Monday morning stated Lewandowski, who captains the nationwide facet, had sustained ligament injury in his proper knee and can be out for as much as 10 days. The 32-year-old striker, who has 42 targets in simply 36 video games for Bayern Munich in all competitions this season, has now returned to the German facet.
Earlier within the week, Poland confirmed two extra coronavirus circumstances of their camp, with midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak and defender Kamil Piatkowski each document optimistic COVID-19 outcomes.
Nevertheless, the Polish FA has confirmed to Sky Sports activities Information the sport will go forward as deliberate and Krychowiak has now returned a unfavorable check. He’s anticipated to hitch up with the squad in London and will begin on Wednesday.
It means the entire variety of optimistic leads to the Poland squad is now as much as three after back-up goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski and Leeds United’s Mateusz Klich had been each dominated out because of the virus.
The Polish Soccer Affiliation’s media officer Jakub Kwiatkowski has additionally examined optimistic.
Southgate stays cautious of Poland
Though Poland will likely be with out their captain and star striker in Lewandowski, Southgate won’t be taking the crew flippantly.
He stated: “I feel Poland have gotten some glorious gamers and we’d be naive to assume they might be much less of a menace.
“If we take our foot off the fuel for one minute we will likely be harm. We must be prepared for the sport, which we’re. A crew is not nearly one participant and we have now to arrange for the best degree.”
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