England played well against Montenegro last Friday to secure a solid 4-1 win at Wembley and they will be hoping for more of the same against a very talented Polish side.
Roy Hodgson could toy with one or two possible changes ahead of this game as he looks to keep his side fresh or he could stick with the same XI which avoid a potential slip up against the Montenegrins.
Here is the side Hodgson could go with.
GK – Joe Hart
Hart couldn’t do anything about Montenegro’s goal last Friday, as the deflection gave him no time to react. He had a decent 90 minutes, looked commanding and had great presence all over his penalty area. There’s no reason to make a change.
RB – Phil Jones
With Kyle Walker suspended for this game, there is a chance for Manchester United’s Phil Jones to come into the side. Jones has played well at right-back for United this season and his versatility will allow him to cover for either of the central defenders if they find themselves out of position.
CB – Gary Cahill
Cahill looked calm and assured in the middle against Montenegro. Some of his best performances for England have come when he’s been under heavy pressure against big countries, with a lot on the line for England. He offers strength and a real presence in the back four.
CB – Phil Jagielka
Jagielka doesn’t have the pace of Cahill but he’s a very experienced defender and important in keeping the back four well organised. He knows when to drop deeper and he knows when he can afford to press forward and harass forwards looking to intercept.
LB – Leighton Baines
Baines is always a threat in the attacking third whether he’s an extra wide option or standing over a dead ball. Defensively he needs to be at his very best for this game because Poland will try and attack down his side of the pitch.
RM – Andros Townsend
Townsend has probably sealed his placing in the starting side for this game with his strike last Friday, which was a great hit on his weaker foot. He’s one of the best wingers in the Premier League at the moment whether he’s trying to get beyond the full back or looking to cut back inside.
CM – Frank Lampard
Lampard offers calmness and experience in the middle of the pitch. He can sit and control the tempo of England’s play, dropping deep when he has to and showcasing that ability to make runs forward from deep positions when he has to.
CM – Steven Gerrard
Gerrard will probably play as the more advanced central midfielder. He’s extremely good at linking up all areas of the attack and keeping the basic shape of the midfield solid, which means the overall strength of the England team isn’t damaged.
LM – Danny Welbeck
Expect to see Welbeck out and the left hand side again. Welbeck can push forward and play as an extra striker and he can also stay out on the left, working well with Baines and offering the Everton left-back a little bit of protection when England are under pressure.
ST – Wayne Rooney
Rooney is likely to continue in his role in behind the main striker. He causes chaos in the gaps between the opposition’s midfield and defence and he’s proven several times that he’s good enough to drop off and become an extra midfield player when England are under pressure.
ST – Daniel Sturridge
England will need Sturridge to be at his very best because this is a game which could come down to fine margins. He’s been superb this season for Liverpool in tight and tense situations and he should be confident of producing more of the same.
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