LIVE: Poland vs England – Gareth Southgate names unchanged side from win over Hungary as Three Lions aim to take huge step towards World Cup qualification with victory
- England starting XI: Pickford, Walker, Maguire, Stones, Shaw, Phillips, Rice, Mount, Grealish, Sterling, Kane
- England are looking to maintain 100 per cent start in their qualifying group
- England strolled to a 4-0 win over Andorra at Wembley Stadium on Sunday
- READ: Who is the better striker Harry Kane or Robert Lewandowski?
- Latest World Cup news, including live action, breaking updates and results
England will be looking to take a gigantic stride towards reaching next year’s World Cup finals when they travel to Poland looking to keep up their winning streak.
At the halfway mark in Group I they lead the way by five points from nearest rivals Poland, and victory against the current second placed outfit in Warsaw would see them keep their 100 per cent winning record after six games.
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Elsewhere, there are a number of other qualifiers taking place tonight, which we will keep you up-to-date with.
Looks like there are a fair few backing Gareth Southgate’s side in Warsaw this evening too. No, wait… they are just Polish Jack Grealish fans. Modern football, eh?
How England can stop Robert Lewandowski: Harry Maguire and John Stones can’t put a foot wrong in Warsaw against Poland’s superstar striker… so here’s what they have to watch out for and nullify
Of course, Robert Lewandowski starts for Poland this evening, and he will be the main threat against England. But here is how the Three Lions can stop the Bayern Munich striker…
Spain may be top of their group but only just, and having played two games more than Sweden, can ill afford to drop points in Kosovo this evening.
Kosovo: Muric, Hadergjonaj, Rrahmani, Faziji, Vojvoda, Rashani, Loshaj, Dresevic, Bytyqi, Rashica, Muriqi.
Subs: Mirlind Kryeziu, Seljmani, Aliti, Muslija, Domgjoni, Ujkani, Thaci, R Kastrati, Jashari, Valon Berisha.
Spain: Simon, Llorente, Martinez, Laporte, Reguilon, Carlos Soler, Busquets, Koke, Torres, Morata, Fornals.
Subs: Rodri, Ruiz, Sarabia, Albiol, Traore, Sanchez, Merino, Mendez, Jordi Alba, Garcia, de Gea, Azpilicueta.
Referee: Bobby Madden (Scotland)
Contrary to the group table below, Armenia have now drawn with Liechtenstein, and a Germany win this evening would put them well on course to reaching yet another World Cup finals. Death, taxes and Germany qualifying for a major tournament…
Iceland: Halldorsson, Saevarsson, Brynjar Ingi Bjarnason, Fjoluson, Skulason, Birkir Bjarnason, Palsson, Johannesson, Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Albert Gudmundsson, Helgason.
Subs: Runarsson, Gunnarsson, Baldursson, Gudjohnsen, Arnason, Eyjolfsson, Sampsted, Thorarinsson, Thorsteinsson, Kjartansson, Sigurdsson, Hermannsson.
Germany: Neuer, Hofmann, Rudiger, Sule, Kehrer, Kimmich, Goretzka, Gundogan, Gnabry, Werner, Sane.
Subs: Leno, Musiala, Gosens, Wirtz, Klostermann, Havertz, Neuhaus, Raum, Trapp, Dahoud, Adeyemi, Schlotterbeck.
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (Sweden)
It’s not strictly a ‘must win’ but it’s not far off. With Italy (team for tonight below) favourites to advance as group winners, it’s up to Northern Ireland to keep their qualifying hopes alive by… wait for it… rolling over the Swiss. (Get in, bet nobody has ever used that one before!)
Italy: Donnarumma, Di Lorenzo, Acerbi, Bastoni, Biraghi, Pessina, Jorginho, Cristante, Bernardeschi, Raspadori, Kean.
Subs: Florenzi, Gollini, Chiellini, Toloi, Castrovilli, Scamacca, Bonucci, Calabria, Berardi, Barella, Sirigu, Locatelli.
Lithuania: Setkus, Lasickas, Klimavicius, Utkus, Slavickas, Dapkus, Slivka, Kazlauskas, Verbickas, Novikovas, Dubickas.
Subs: Tutyskinas, Satkus, Krapikas, Megelaitis, Barauskas, Uzela, Gaspuitis, Baravykas, Gertmonas.
Referee: Craig Pawson (England)
Ciaron Brown replaces the suspended Paddy McNair in the Northern Ireland starting line-up for their World Cup qualifier against Switzerland.
Ian Baraclough makes 10 changes from Sunday’s 1-0 friendly win in Estonia – with Jamal Lewis the only player keeping his place – as he restores nine of those who started last Thursday’s 4-1 win over Lithuania.
Brown comes in for McNair, banned after his booking in Vilnius, but George Saville has to make do with a place on the bench after returning from his own suspension, as does Sunday’s match winner Shane Ferguson.
Northern Ireland: Peacock-Farrell, Ballard, Cathcart, Brown, Lewis, Smith, McCann, Davis, Thompson, Washington, Lavery.
Subs: Saville, McCalmont, Carson, Flanagan, Bradley, Whyte, Jones, Lafferty, Hazard, Ferguson, McGinn, Charles.
Switzerland: Sommer, Widmer, Elvedi, Akanji, Rodriguez, Freuler, Frei, Zakaria, Fassnacht, Vargas, Seferovic.
Subs: Steffen, Schar, Mvogo, Zeqiri, Zesiger, Zuber, Garcia, Aebischer, Lauper, Sow, Kobel, Lotomba.
Referee: Herald Lechner (Poland)
Let’s be honest. Belgium pretty much have the automatic place for next year’s finals already sewn up, but Wales will be keen to snatch second spot and a play-off place this evening in what is in theory their easiest qualifying fixture in the first of their two games in hand on the Czech Republic.
Skipper Gareth Bale wins his 99th cap as Wales make three changes for their 2022 World Cup qualifier against Estonia in Cardiff.
Ethan Ampadu, Harry Wilson and Tyler Roberts return after missing Sunday’s 3-2 victory over Belarus, with James Lawrence, Brennan Johnson and Rubin Colwill dropping to the bench.
Estonia make one change from the side beaten 5-2 by Belgium in World Cup qualifying last Thursday as Tottenham teenager Maksim Paskotsi replaced the injured Joonas Tamm.
Wales: Ward, Gunter, Ampadu, Mepham, Ben Davies, Morrell, Allen, Wilson, James, Roberts, Bale.
Subs: Hennessey, Lawrence, Rodon, Johnson, Jonathan Williams, Colwill, Norrington-Davies, Harris, Smith, Woodburn, King, Levitt.
Estonia: Hein, Kuusk, Paskotsi, Kait, Pikk, Anier, Vassiljev, Mets, Kreida, Puri, Sappinen.
Subs: Igonen, Lukka, Sorga, Zenjov, Sinyavskiy, Lilander, Miller, Kirss, Poom, Peetson, Vallner, Teniste.
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)
England boss Gareth Southgate once again makes 11 changes as the likes of Jack Grealish, Raheem Sterling and captain Harry Kane were recalled for the World Cup qualifier in Poland.
The Three Lions have won all five of their Group I matches, with Southgate altering his entire side between last Thursday’s 4-0 win in Hungary and Sunday’s victory over Andorra by the same scoreline.
It was the first time since 1982 that an England team had made 11 changes from the previous fixture but it would take Southgate just three days to repeat the feat.
It means Jordan Pickford returns in goal while Luke Shaw, Kyle Walker, Harry Maguire and John Stones form the defence in Warsaw.
Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips come back in while Mason Mount joins Kane, Sterling and Grealish further up the pitch.
Another World Cup qualifying win would see them maintain a perfect start after six games but more importantly see them take a giant step towards next summer’s World Cup finals.
Team news coming next though and it’s all guns blazing from Gareth Southgate. Good evening all…
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