It isn’t just a World Cup Qualifier tomorrow night against Poland at Wembley. For Roy Hodgson and co, its make or break time.
After a much needed victory last Friday against a spirited Montenegro side, the Three Lions can now prepare for their most crucial qualifier since Greece at Old Trafford back in 2002. That game produced one of the most memorable of memories in recent England history, David Beckham’s free kick. Repeat of a moment like that tomorrow evening would relieve the tension surrounding Wembley Stadium.
It has been built up like a World Cup Final. England, top of the group only by a point, have to win tomorrow in order to qualify automatically. Anything else and it’s the dreaded Play-offs, a place no team wants to find themselves (unless your classed a minnow country in aspect to teams like France and Portugal). England’s rivals in group H are Ukraine. They caused the biggest problem for England last Friday by defeating Poland in Kharkiv. With San Marino there next opponents, it’s fair to say they will grab the 3 points with relative ease, which is why England have the win or bust scenario put before them.
Confidence should be high following a comfortable 4-1 win on Friday, led magnificently by the impressive debutant Andros Townsend. However it is without a shadow of a doubt the nerves will kick in in the opening stages. If England manage to score early it could be another rampant performance.
Robert Lewandowski has come out publically stating Poland are going to Wembley to win, even if they have nothing to play for. The Poland talisman has been in immaculate form for Dortmund this season and he will cause our defence problems.
Although it does look a tougher test to last week, England should have the quality to grab the much needed three points and book their place in Brazil next summer, a less then reasonable expectation is for our country to make it to the World Cup Finals.
A nation will watch on expectant of a positive result. No pressure boys….