Uncategorized — 15 October 2012

England faces a tough match in Poland tomorrow night in World Cup qualifying. England completed the expected 5-0 rout of minnows San Marino on Friday night.

It now looks likely that England boss Roy Hodgson will make up to six changes to his starting line-up for the game in Warsaw.


The old adage of you should never change a winning team may go out of the window for this clash. Glen Johnson is fit again and is likely to come in at the expense of Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker, who is carrying a knock.

Midfielder and captain Steven Gerrard is likely to return from suspension in place of Tom Cleverley in the centre of the park. Joleon Lescott may come in for Gary Cahill at the heart of the defence. Ashley Cole will return in place of the unlucky Leighton Baines at left-back.

Up front it’s believed that Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe will replace Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck, who scored a brace against San Marino on Friday night.


England will head to the clash without midfielder Frank Lampard and also winger Theo Walcott, who sustained an injury in a challenge with San Marino keeper Aldo Simoncini. Walcott is likely to be replaced by the more defensive James Milner on the right side of England’s midfield.


The hosts head into the encounter with England without some key players. According to reports the likes of Jakub Blaszczykowski, Lukasz Piszczek and Wojciech Szczesny are all out of the clash with injuries.

This will definitely make it easier for England, but Hodgson’s side will still have to contend with Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski, who is one of the most highly-rated up-and-coming strikers in Europe.


England will be expected to claim victory in Poland, with all the injury problems the home side have. However, the game still won’t be a stroll in the park for Roy Hodgson boys. A win will take England a step closer to qualifying for World Cup 2014 though; a draw wouldn’t be a disastrous result though.

Will Roy Hodgson make wholesale changes to his England team for the Poland game?


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