World Cup: Poland defender Kamil Glik ready to deal with England threat

Kamil Glik: Ready to face England's forwards on the road to the 2014 World Cup

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Kamil Glik is aware of the threat England will pose on Tuesday, but is confident Poland can keep Wayne Rooney and co quiet.

A midweek encounter will pitch two of those sides looking to secure a safe passage out of Group H into direct combat, with there little to choose between the qualification hopefuls at present.

Poland know a positive result on home soil against Roy Hodgson's visitors would offer them a timely boost on the road to Brazil, and Torino defender Glik insists England have nothing he and his team-mates have not seen before.

"They are high-class players, especially Wayne Rooney, but in Italy I have to face world-class strikers every week," he said.

"I think Rooney is a world-class striker and we will show him and the other England players a lot of respect, but we will play without fear."

On the pace possessed by Rooney and his fellow forwards, Glik added: "I do not want to say that myself and Marcin (Wasilewski) are sprinters, but we play against speedy strikers on a regular basis and do not do too badly.

"Against the England forwards, we will look to limit their skills by striking the right balance defensively."


Poland will be looking to take three points off England on Tuesday, but Glik acknowledges that the outcome of the tie will not determine who qualifies for the 2014 World Cup and who misses out.

"We should not consider this game to be a special one," added Glik.

"No victory, nor defeat, will decide whether we go to the World Cup. We will still have that aim regardless of the result.

"It is an important game, but not a decisive one."

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