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Robert Lewandowski: Poland want to dent England’s World Cup hopes

Robert Lewandowski playing for Poland, with József Varga and Vilmos Vanczák

The Borussia Dortmund striker has stated that although his nation cannot qualify for the tournament in Brazil, he wants to end the qualifying campaign with a positive result at Wembley.

England have one foot at the World Cup with only three points against Poland on Tuesday standing in the way of Roy Hodgson’s side topping their qualification pool.

The Three Lions know that they need to match or better Ukraine’s result against San Marino to book an automatic place in the tournament in Brazil.

Poland have spoiled the party before, drawing 1-1 at Wembley in October 1973 to clinch a place at the 1974 World Cup in West Germany and ensuring that England missed out on the competition.

After losing 1-0 to Ukraine on Friday, Poland are unable to make the 2014 event, but key striker Robert Lewandowski has admitted that he wants his side to end the campaign on a high for his nation.

"We go to England now. We know we have a lot of fans out there who will come to the game,” the Bayern Munich bound forward said.

“We don't stand a chance of going through, but we want to go to Wembley and at least allow our supporters a little fun. For sure we won't be favourites."

Lewandowski’s Borussia Dortmund club team-mate and Poland captain Jakub Blaszczykowski also stated that the eastern European nation were not there just to make up the numbers.

"It doesn't matter that we only have honour to play for. Matches at Wembley are always very important to us,” the attacking midfielder said.

"There are sure to be many Polish fans there, and we want to thank them with a good game and the right result."

With the likes of France and Portugal looking certain to have to qualify through the play-off round, England will hope to avoid the same fate.

Looking at the respective teams on paper, England have a stronger side and will be overwhelming favourites to progress. However, the hosts should not underestimate a Poland side with a number of dangerous players in the mix.

None are more of a threat than Lewandowski, who is one of the most lethal marksmen in the European game. The Dortmund attacker will need to be watched carefully by Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill if England are to avoid a slip-up at the final hurdle.

image: © Roger Gorączniak

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