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Football: Poland boss names 27-man squad for World Cup qualifiers

16.03.2021 07:00
The Poland football manager has released a final list of 27 players called up for the team's first three World Cup qualifiers, against Hungary, Andorra and England.
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The lineup announced by Paulo Sousa on Monday includes star striker Robert Lewandowski, who in December won FIFA’s 2020 Best Men’s Player award and leads a ranking of the top scorers in Europe's biggest football leagues this season.

Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring a goal during a German Bundesliga match between his Bayern Munich side and Werder Bremen on Saturday. Robert Lewandowski (left) celebrates scoring a goal during a German Bundesliga match between his Bayern Munich side and Werder Bremen on Saturday. Bayern won 3-1. Photo: EPA/CARMEN JASPERSEN

The squad named by Sousa includes well-known faces such as Napoli midfielder Piotr Zieliński and Marseille striker Arkadiusz Milik.

Young guns include Pogoń Szczecin midfielder Kacper Kozłowski, a 17-year-old who has been hailed as "the talent of the century" and drawn interest from clubs such as Manchester United.

Another fresh face is Barnsley defender Michał Helik.

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Lewandowski, who captains Poland, bagged a goal in his Bayern Munich side's weekend game against Werder Bremen to become the German Bundesliga's second-highest scorer in history.

Poland begin their World Cup qualifying campaign with a fixture against Hungary in Budapest on March 25.

Three days later the Poles will take on Andorra in their next qualifying fixture on home turf in Warsaw.

On March 31, Poland will play away against England in London.

Sousa, 50, a Portuguese soccer manager and a former professional player, was in January named as the new manager of the Polish national football team to replace Jerzy Brzęczek.

Paulo Sousa. Poland boss Paulo Sousa. Photo: PAP/Piotr Nowak

The head of the Polish Football Association (PZPN), Zbigniew Boniek, told a virtual press conference at the time that the national team needed a new manager to put an end to "a sense of malaise" among players and ensure more quality ahead of the delayed Euro 2020 finals and qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The Polish team will in June face Slovakia, Spain and Sweden in the group stage of this year's European championships, a tournament rescheduled from last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Polish team in 2019 celebrated advancing to the European tournament for the fourth time after a successful qualifying campaign.

Here is the full Poland squad for the March matches against Hungary, Andorra and England:


Łukasz Fabiański (West Ham United)

Łukasz Skorupski (Bologna)

Wojciech Szczęsny (Juventus)


Jan Bednarek (Southampton)

Bartosz Bereszyński (Sampdoria)

Paweł Dawidowicz (Hellas Verona)

Kamil Glik (Benevento Calcio)

Michał Helik (Barnsley)

Kamil Piątkowski (Raków Częstochowa)

Arkadiusz Reca (Crotone)

Maciej Rybus (Lokomotiv Moscow)


Rafał Augustyniak (Ural Yekaterinburg)

Kamil Grosicki (West Bromwich Albion)

Kamil Jóźwiak (Derby County)

Mateusz Klich (Leeds United)

Sebastian Kowalczyk (Pogoń Szczecin)

Kacper Kozłowski (Pogoń Szczecin)

Grzegorz Krychowiak (Lokomotiv Moscow)

Jakub Moder (Brighton & Hove Albion)

Przemysław Płacheta (Norwich City)

Bartosz Slisz (Legia Warsaw)

Sebastian Szymański (Dynamo Moscow)

Piotr Zieliński (Napoli)


Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

Arkadiusz Milik (Olympique de Marseille)

Krzysztof Piątek (Hertha Berlin)

Karol Świderski (PAOK Salonika)


Source: PAPpzpn.pl