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Football: Poland boss names squad for first two Euro 2024 qualifiers

17.03.2023 19:30
The Poland football manager has released a list of 25 players called up for the team's upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Albania.
Poland boss Fernando Santos
Poland boss Fernando SantosPhoto: PAP/Piotr Nowak

The lineup announced by Fernando Santos on Friday includes Barcelona star striker Robert Lewandowski and other regulars such as Napoli midfielder Piotr Zieliński and Aston Villa right-back Matty Cash.

Fresh faces include Ben Lederman, a US-born midfielder who plays for Polish club Raków Częstochowa.

Poland will play their first Euro 2024 qualifier against the Czech Republic in Prague on March 24.

Three days later the Poles will take on Albania in their next qualifying fixture in Warsaw.

Poland have been drawn to play the Czech Republic, Albania, the Faroe Islands and Moldova in qualifiers for the Euro 2024 football championships in Germany.

The Polish team was among the top seeds for the draw in Frankfurt in October despite several disappointing performances last year.

Euro 2024 qualifiers will be played between March and November this year, with the top two teams from each group qualifying directly for the championships.

The Euro 2024 tournament will be held from June 14 to July 14, 2024 in 10 cities in Germany, with the final played at Berlin's Olympiastadion.

Russia has been banned from competing in Euro 2024 over its invasion of Ukraine.

Portugal's Santos took over as Poland manager in January.

Poland failed to get past the group stage at the postponed Euro 2020 tournament, where they suffered a defeat to Slovakia before drawing with Spain and losing the decisive game against Sweden.

The Polish team made it through to the quarterfinals of the Euro 2016 championships in France, losing to Portugal on penalties.

The lineup announced by the Poland manager on Monday is led by captain Robert Lewandowski. Image: laczynaspilka.pl The lineup announced by the Poland manager on Friday is led by captain Robert Lewandowski. Image: laczynaspilka.pl

Here is the full Poland squad for the March matches against the Czech Republic and Albania:

GoalkeepersBartłomiej Drągowski, Łukasz Skorupski, Wojciech Szczęsny.

Defenders: Jan Bednarek, Bartosz Bereszyński, Matty Cash, Paweł Dawidowicz, Robert Gumny, Michał Karbownik, Jakub Kiwior, Kamil Piątkowski.

Midfielders: Krystian Bielik, Kacper Kozłowski, Ben Lederman, Karol Linetty, Damian Szymański, Sebastian Szymański, Przemysław Frankowski, Jakub Kamiński, Michał Skóraś, Nicola Zalewski, Piotr Zieliński.

Forwards: Robert Lewandowski, Krzysztof Piątek, Karol Świderski.

EURO 2024 qualifying groups

Group A: Spain, Scotland, Norway, Georgia, Cyprus

Group B: Netherlands, France, Republic of Ireland, Greece, Gibraltar

Group C: Italy, England, Ukraine, North Macedonia, Malta

Group D: Croatia, Wales, Armenia, Turkey, Latvia

Group E: Poland, Czech Republic, Albania, Faroe Islands, Moldova

Group F: Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Azerbaijan, Estonia

Group G: Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Lithuania

Group H: Denmark, Finland, Slovenia, Kazakhstan, Northern Ireland, San Marino

Group I: Switzerland, Israel, Romania, Kosovo, Belarus, Andorra

Group J: Portugal, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Liechtenstein


Source: PAP, TVP Info, laczynaspilka.pl