Poland confident ahead of England clash

Waldemar Fornalik
Waldemar Fornalik is in confident mood. Photo: PA

Coach Waldemar Fornalik is optimistic Poland can improve on their dismal record against England in their World Cup qualifier in Warsaw.

Fornalik has been entrusted with the task of reviving Poland's fortunes after Euro 2012 when, as joint hosts, they failed to qualify from their initial group.

Poland have beaten England once in 17 attempts - in 1973 - but Fornalik senses a confidence amongst his players that they can cause an upset.

He said: "The European Championships were a big event on a global scale but this match is also a big event. England games have always been seen as extremely important and that is how we see this match.

"We are aware of the high class of our opponent but we also know what we are worth. It is difficult to measure how big this confidence is. I'm sure it is big and strong.

"The knowledge is already there about the two teams and the tactics are already predictable too so it is going to be difficult to surprise anyone.

"It is all going to be down to how the teams perform and feel on the way. But we have people who are convinced about what they are doing."

Fornalik added: "It is not enough to say we must win. Words are not enough for me. We can motivate but the thing is to go out there and do the business on the pitch. There is a sense of believing in what we do."

Captain Marcin Wasilewski has also challenged Poland to use the England clash as a "breakthrough match."

Wasilewski said: "Can this game make up for Euros? I think such a match is very much needed, especially against such an opponent as England.

"We are all aware of the high quality of the opponent but a few years ago we had a similar meeting with Portugal when everyone thought we would lose.

"We won and after that our faith grew and the faith of our fans increased tremendously and helped us advance into the European Championship finals. I hope this will also be a breakthrough match for Poland."

Poland v England is live on ITV1 and ITV.com from 19:30 on Tuesday 16th October.