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Warsaw National Stadium 16th October 2012 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: G Rocchi

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Three Lions will have Gerrard back in the team for clash in Warsaw

Last Updated: 16/10/12 10:23am

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England will face one of their toughest games in the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign on Tuesday when they take on Poland in Warsaw.

Opta Stats

  • Poland have not defeated England since 1973.
  • England's entire squad play their club football in the Premier League, whereas just eight of the Polish players in the 23-man squad are based in Poland.
  • England have lost only once to Poland in their entire history, winning 10 times and drawing six.

The Three Lions head into the encounter at Stadion Narodowy as Group H leaders with seven points from three matches, two places and three points ahead of their hosts, who have a game in hand.

Roy Hodgson's side are full of confidence, having defeated San Marino 5-0 at Wembley on Friday, with Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck scoring twice each.

Rooney was the England captain for that game, but he will lose the armband to Steven Gerrard, who returns after serving a suspension.

Strong opponent

Despite England's pre-match status as favourites, Hodgson refuses to underestimate Poland.

"We know we've got a strong opponent, we know that they're going to be very well supported by the home crowd," he said.

"For them it's an important moment playing at home against England to try and get their qualifying campaign off to a good start.

"We're aware of those things and all we can do is go onto the field well prepared and do the best we can do."

Big event

Poland coach Waldemar Fornalik understands that picking up maximum points against the 1966 World Cup winners even at home is not going to be simple, but warns that they are not going to make it easy.

"A wise man told me that if you try to draw a game, you lose," he said on Monday. "If you try to win, it is possible to win.

"I've always told my teams we have to go for the three points. The way we plan this game might be different but the objective is to win."

Team News

Gerrard returns from suspension against Poland and will take over the captain's armband from Rooney.

Defender Glen Johnson too makes his return from a ban, but Chelsea duo Frank Lampard and Ryan Bertrand are out injured.

Theo Walcott was forced to withdraw from the squad with a chest problem he suffered against San Marino.

Joleon Lescott, James Milner and Jermain Defoe all were rested against San Marino on Friday and will be back for the Poland clash.

Poland will be without captain Jakub Blaszczykowski and striker Artur Sobiech through injuries, but midfielder Eugen Polanski, who was given leave to return to his family this week for personal reasons, is available to play.

Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is out for the Poles, and his place between the posts is expected to be taken by Przemyslaw Tyton.

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Matches

  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Tue 16th Oct - Group F
    Tue 16th Oct - Group I
    Tue 16th Oct - Group G
    • Latvia
      2 - 0
      Liechtenstein
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    • Bos & Herz
      3 - 0
      Lithuania
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    • Slovakia
      0 - 1
      Greece
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    Tue 16th Oct - Group D
    Tue 16th Oct - Group A
    Tue 16th Oct - Group B
    Tue 16th Oct - Group E
    Tue 16th Oct - Group H
    • Ukraine
      0 - 1
      Montenegro
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    • San Marino
      0 - 2
      Moldova
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    Tue 16th Oct - Group C
    • Faroe Islands
      1 - 4
      Rep Ireland
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    • Austria
      4 - 0
      Kazakhstan
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    • Germany
      4 - 4
      Sweden
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Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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