What is that?
England are the third of three World Cup qualifiers at the international break. Gareth Southgate’s side face Poland at Wembley Stadium.
When is it?
Wednesday March 31.
What time is the kick-off?
The whistle sounds at 7.45 p.m.
What TV channel is it on?
This one is on ITV. You can also follow our blog live on our dedicated football page.
What is the news of the team?
England received a surprise boost ahead of their key Home World Cup qualifier against Poland, with Robert Lewandowski being ruled out of the game due to injury.
Gareth Southgate had hailed Lewandowski as ‘a sniper who is a master of his craft’, but the 32-year-old returned to his club, Bayern Munich, after suffering from a knee problem in the victory 3-0 against Andorra in which he scored twice. The Polish FA have said the striker will be out for 10 days with ligament injuries, meaning he will face a race against time to be fit for the Champions League quarter-final first leg. next week against Paris Saint-Germain.
Lewandowski’s absence against England robs the meeting of a much-anticipated match between arguably the two best center-forwards in world football, with Southgate hailing Harry Kane’s contribution. The England captain scored his first international goal in seven appearances in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Albania after saying he couldn’t let the debate over his future at Tottenham Hotspur distract him ahead of the Championships Europe this summer.
Southgate insisted he had not spoken to Kane about the future of his club, but added that the 27-year-old was in a ‘good situation’ and remained focused. “What I liked about Harry this week is that he’s been very positive about everything,” Southgate said.
“His vision of where the club is (Tottenham) is three points from a place in the Champions League, hopefully the League Cup final. This is the only thing he discussed with me. “
One permutation Southgate can consider is pairing Declan Rice and Mason Mount with the central midfielder, especially if he moves up to a 3-4-3 formation.
“I think as Mason develops physically he will be more able to play more consistently in those deeper areas,” Southgate said of the Mount whose versatility means he’s an almost certain starter. to Euros. “It’s impossible to work with a player like him and not be impressed.”
The manager also praised Rice’s “maturity” who could become even more central to his plans if Jordan Henderson loses his battle to be fit in time for the tournament.
By Jason Burt
What do they say?
Luke Shaw has vowed not to let England manager Gareth Southgate down after receiving an international reprieve and marking his return with an assist for Harry Kane.
Manchester United left-back Shaw admitted he and his parents believed he wasted his great luck with England after withdrawing from the squads, following his latest international comeback against Spain in 2018. But Shaw revealed his girlfriend never gave up hope and the 25-year-old wants to make up for lost time and prove to Southgate he can be trusted ahead of the European Summer Championship.
Southgate now faces a welcome selection headache between former Southampton academy graduate and Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell for tomorrow night’s World Cup qualifying against Poland at Wembley.
“I have a lot of regrets and couldn’t help but think about the mistakes I’ve made in the past, especially with England,” said Shaw. “I have withdrawn from a lot of camps. “I might not have been in the best of conditions, but I think over the last couple of years I’ve thought about it so much – that was my biggest regret. And yes, of course, drop Gareth. I tried to keep in touch with him just to let him know that things had changed.
“The last time I played [before Albania] was Spain. Of course, I didn’t play much for my club at the time and it showed that he [Southgate] Still trusted me a lot because he played me in this huge game. Yeah, maybe the camps after – my biggest regret is just getting out and how I got out. “Maybe at the time, mentally I was not right. I think playing for your country is a huge privilege and an honor, and I think sometimes I took advantage of it.
Referring to the difficulties Shaw faced while Jose Mourinho was United manager, he added: “ I had problems at the time, like injuries, but maybe these were the ones who could have been in somehow treated, but I had a lot in mind. , especially in the times I had at United. “People obviously know what was going on, but Gareth gave me another chance and I have to prove to him that of course I’m different and I want to be a part of this team.”
By Matt Law
What are the chances?
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What is our prediction?
It will not be an easy night for England as Poland will represent a serious increase in the quality of the opposition compared to their previous two meetings. But, with Lewandowski unavailable, England will have enough to secure victory.
Verdict: England 2 Poland 1