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Is England vs Poland on TV tonight? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch World Cup qualifier

A win on matchday three of England’s qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup would put them in a fantastic position to reach the finals in Qatar next year.

Poland are seen as the most likely challengers to top spot in the group, but they are deprived of the services of Robert Lewandowski after the Bayern Munich striker suffered a knee injury. The Poles have taken four points so far, drawing with Hungary and beating Andorra, so England can move five points clear already with a win.

The Three Lions have beaten San Marino with ease and Albania with an accomplished, if unspectacular, showing.

Perhaps Gareth Southgate’s biggest dilemma will be whether to hand a starting chance to Dominic Calvert-Lewin or Ollie Watkins, with both having impressed when given the opportunity and enjoying fine seasons so far at club level, while many of the usual wide forward options are sidelined. Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Jack Grealish are all missing, so England may play at least some part of this game with two centre-forwards on the pitch.

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the match.

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When is the match?

The game kicks off at Wembley at 7:45pm BST on Wednesday, 31 March.

Where can I watch it?

The match will be shown live on ITV, while viewers can also stream the match via the ITV Hub.

What is the team news?

Southgate confirmed that Mason Mount is fit and ready as needed, meaning England have a full squad to choose from – though Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka have already been sent home injured earlier in the week. Only goalkeeper Nick Pope has played all 180 minutes of the two games so far this international break.

Poland are without striker Robert Lewandowski, who has a knee injury and will be sidelined for a month. Third-choice goalkeeper and young defender Kamil Piatkowski have both tested positive for coronavirus and will be unavailable.

Predicted line-ups

ENG – Pope, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Chilwell, Phillips, Rice, Mount, Sterling, Kane, Foden

POL – Szczesny, Bereszynski, Bednarek, Glik, Szymanski, Rybus, Krychowiak, Zielinski, Jozwiak, Milik, Piatek

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Odds

England – 31/100

Draw – 51/10

Poland – 25/2

Prediction

It will be far from one-sided, but the Three Lions should have enough to emerge triumphant if the attacking intent is present in their game. England 2-0 Poland.

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