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Three Lions prepare for rescheduled clash in Warsaw

Last Updated: 17/10/12 2:15pm

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England and Poland will try all over again when they prepare for their rescheduled World Cup qualifier in Warsaw.

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  • 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 Group H match was supposed to have been played on Tuesday night but was postponed due to a rain-affected pitch - despite the stadium having a roof.

FIFA rules stipulate that under such circumstances the match must be played the following day if possible so Roy Hodgson and his team will be hoping for better luck on Wednesday afternoon.

"The players know it is difficult for them to sleep at night after a game of football but it's even harder when you've been resting all day and you've not had a game," said the England boss.

"We are very unhappy about it but what can we do. No-one decides whether it's going to rain, We just have to live with the situation.

"We'd prepared well as no doubt the Poles had too, but now we've got to do it all over again. Hopefully we'll be as prepared as we were."

Toughest

Although the roof is now closed so further problems should be avoided, it is not the ideal build-up for what promises to be one of the toughest qualifying games for the Three Lions.

Hodgson's men do head into the clash 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.

But after a disappointing draw at home to Ukraine last month, England need to build on the confidence-boosting 5-0 win over San Marino at Wembley on Friday.

Wayne Rooney scored twice in that game and was also captain for the night but he will relinquish the armband to Steven Gerrard, who returns after serving a suspension.

The Liverpool midfielder is part of a line-up that is already known after Hodgson revealed he will not be making changes to the team he named for Tuesday's postponed encounter.

Like Gerrard, Glen Johnson returns from a ban while Joleon Lescott, James Milner and Jermain Defoe are all in the team after being rested for the San Marino game.

As for Poland, they are without captain Jakub Blaszczykowski and striker Artur Sobiech through injuries.

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

But midfielder Eugen Polanski, who was given leave to return to his family this week for personal reasons, is back in the side.

Teams

Poland: Tyton; Piszczek, Wasilewski, Glik, Wawrzyniak; Krychowiak, Polanski; Wszolek, Obraniak, Grosicki; Lewandowski.

England: Hart; Johnson, Jagielka, Lescott, Cole; Cleverley, Gerrard, Carrick, Milner; Rooney, Defoe.

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  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Wed 17th Oct - Group H

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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