Poland v England big match dossier: Keepers are Poles apart… but one is out in the cold
22:01 GMT, 15 October 2012
The Poles are concerned about a goalkeeping department which was once the pride of Europe. Indeed, Arsenal sent a delegation to Poland to see how they produced such talent.
But they are without the injured Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski for Tuesday's game.
ARTUR OUT IN THE COLD
Artur Boruc, the former Celtic goalkeeper, has not been playing and is well out of contention for the Poland side.
The 32-year-old started the season without a club after leaving Fiorentina and has since joined Southampton but is not yet in the first team.
In safe hands: Poland are missing their first choice goalkeepers through injury
Another forgotten man of Polish goalkeeping is Tomasz Kusczcak. Some Poles think the former Manchester United man should start on Tuesday because of his Premier League knowhow but it is nearly 18 months since he played in the top flight. He is now plying his trade with Brighton.
IT'S NOT PITCH PERFECT
Poland admit the surface at the new national stadium in Warsaw is not the best. A new pitch was rolled out at the start of the month after a Coldplay gig in the stadium and has not settled well.
‘There may be unpredictable situations,’ said Polish coach Waldemar Fornalik. ‘The ball can bounce off differently.’
Call-up: Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson
JENKINSON CHOOSES ENGLAND OVER FINLAND
Carl Jenkinson has committed his future to England ahead of Finland after speaking to Roy Hodgson.
‘He didn’t take a lot of convincing,’ said Hodgson. ‘We had a problem with Kyle Walker, so we called Carl up. I invited him to train knowing he couldn’t take part in this game, and that gave me the chance to ask him the question.
‘He had to make a decision. We’re very interested in him even if the competition is tougher to get him into the England team rather than the Finland team. He made it clear he wanted to play for England.’
OX IS NO JOKER NOW
Roy Hodgson admits Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was his ‘joker’ when England made their Euro 2012 base camp in Poland but the 19-year-old has returned as a serious international footballer.
‘He came in as the joker in the pack, a young one, but he’s certainly cemented his position,’ said Hodgson.