Poland squad named
There is some good news for Irish fans ahead of their crucial European Qualifier against Poland on Sunday. The Poland squad has been named with Borussia Dortmund's Lukasz Piszczek and Jakub 'Kuba' Blaszczykowski, FC Krasnador's Artur Jedrzejczyk, and Stade Rennais' Kamil Grosicki all missing. All bar Kuba played in their last two qualifying games and the quartet have some 149 caps between them.
Blaszczykowski is perhaps the biggest omission on the list, given that he captained the Polish side during their Euro 2012 campaign. He played a full game at the weekend but it is thought a disagreement with either the Polish management team or star striker Robert Lewandowski has led to his international exile.
The full Poland squad is as follows;
- Goalkeepers: Artur Boruc (Bournemouth), Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea), Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal);
- Defenders: Thiago Cionek (Modena), Kamil Glik (AC Torino ), Jakub Wawrzyniak, Rafal Janicki, Grzegorz Wojtkowiak (all Lechia Gdansk), Marcin Komorowski (Terek Grozny), Paul Olkowski (FC Koeln), Lukasz Szukala (Al-Ittihad);
- Midfielders: Maciej Gajos (Jagiellonia Bialystok), Michael Gyro, Tomasz Jodlowiec, Michael Feldman (all Legia Warsaw), Grzegorz Krychowiak (Sevilla), Karol Linetty (Lech Poznan), Sebastian Mila (Lechia Gdansk), Slawomir Peszko (FC Koeln) Maciej Rybus (Terek Grozny), Krzysztof Maczynski (Guizhou Renhe);
- Fowards: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Arkadiusz Milik (Ajax Amsterdam), Luke Teodorczyk (Dynamo Kyiv).
It is still a very good squad but we'll take some encouragement from it.