It feels like England are forever playing Poland, but in truth it’s been a while. The two countries last met in 2013, Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard scoring the goals in a garden-variety 2-0 Wembley win. You’d imagine Gareth Southgate would settle for something similar tonight. Get the job done and move on.
That doesn’t really sell this game, but it is what it is. Poland have only beaten England once in the Entire History of All Football, and have lost their last seven matches in Blighty, a record that doesn’t suggest they’ll cause a shock here this evening. Especially as the Robert Lewandowski Team are missing Robert Lewandowski.
Still, you never know. Poland have started their Group I campaign well enough, a 3-0 win over Andorra following an opening-round 3-3 draw in Hungary. But that man Lewandowski has scored 50 percent of their goals so far, and his are mighty big boots to fill. A win for England tonight will cement their position at the top of the table, and allow everyone to concentrate on Euro 2020 in the knowledge that all’s well on the World Cup front. Kick off is at 7.45pm BST. It’s on!