Poland v England live stream, ITV, Wednesday 8 September, 7:45pm BST
England have the opportunity to take a huge step closer to the 2022 World Cup when they face Poland on Wednesday.
Denmark are the only team other than the Three Lions to have amassed 15 points at the midway point of the qualifying campaign. Gareth Southgate's side's latest victory was never in any doubt, as a rotated team thrashed Andorra 4-0 at Wembley. They currently sit five points clear of Poland at the top of Group I, and victory in Warsaw would make them all but uncatchable in first place.
It is hard to draw too many concrete conclusions from games against opposition like Andorra, who sit below the likes of Yemen, New Caledonia, Hong Kong and Lesotho in the FIFA World Rankings. Even so, Southgate will have made some observations that could influence his selections going forward.
For one, the trial of Trent Alexander-Arnold in midfield did not produce a definitively positive result. This could be something Southgate comes back to, but Alexander-Arnold was underwhelming on the day. Given the competition for places at right-back, the Liverpool man might remain outside England's first-choice XI for now.
Elsewhere, Jude Bellingham shone in midfield and could keep his place in the team for the trip to Poland. Jesse Lingard will hope to be involved after his promising performance at the weekend, but Patrick Bamford will make way for Harry Kane.
Poland thrashed San Marino 7-1 last time out, but their opponents are even weaker than Andorra and we therefore cannot take much away from that game. They did put up a good fight at Wembley in March, going down 2-1 thanks to a late Harry Maguire goal. This will be England's biggest test of the campaign so far, but their buffer at the top of the table means a draw would not be a bad result for the Euro 2020 finalists.
Robert Lewandowski missed the reverse fixture in London but he is available to start on Wednesday. Jan Bednarek and Kamil Glik are in line to return to the team after sitting out the San Marino win.
Kick-off is at 7:45pm BST and the game is being shown live on ITV/ITV Hub the UK.
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