It will be a huge boost for England boss Gareth Southgate, who insists that the clash with Poland could be their most important game in Group I and has told his players to “make up for it. so that it counts ”.
Bayern Munich superstar Lewandowski will miss her chance after limping from his side’s victory over Andorra on Sunday night, passed a fitness test yesterday and was then sent back to his club to recover.
England have won their first two matches and Poland is the biggest obstacle to automatic qualification as only group winners get a guaranteed passport to Qatar.
It was billed as a shootout between Lewandowski and England captain Harry Kane and the Polish Federation are now facing criticism for allowing their record scorer to play against the Andorra World Cup minnows.
Polish Federation President Zbigniew Boniek replied on social media: “Lewandowski would not have broken any goalscoring record without playing against Pot 5/6 teams. A fit player wants and has the right to play.
“An injury can be chosen in training, in the game or out of a lift. Without Robert you also have to play and the team will cope. ”
But Southgate knows that now is a bigger chance to take a big step forward to the World Cup final in Qatar next year with three consecutive wins.
Southgate added: “It’s a key game in the squad. We have given ourselves the opportunity that if we can beat Poland at home, we are already in a really strong position. We have to make sure that we can make it count.
“I don’t consider any game that we play as a game not to lose. We try to win every game and find a way to win. I don’t think the team would want to come into the game with that mindset.
“It’s a good opportunity to really control the Group and to enter the last game before naming the team in a very good state of mind.”