Key battles: England v Poland

England face Poland in their must-win final World Cup qualifier at Wembley on Tuesday.

Here, we look at the key battles that could decide the outcome of the game.

  • This is what Townsend is capable of


Townsend had one of the most memorable England debuts in recent memory on Friday night.

His direct and pacy runs caused Montenegro problems all evening and, given that his confidence is so high, it would be unthinkable for Roy Hodgson to bench the 22-year-old against Poland, especially as left-back has been a problem position for the visitors.

Jakub Wawrzyniak lost his pace to Wojtowiak after a mistake against Moldova, but the 1860 Munich man, who usually plays at right-back, did not fare well against Ukraine as his error allowed Andriy Yarmalenko to score the goal that ended Poland's qualification hopes.

Leighton Baines could become first choice left-back with a good performance. Credit: PA


Baines sees this as his chance to prove to Hodgson that he is now better than Ashley Cole.

He performed well against Montenegro, providing England with another attacking outlet with some lung-busting runs down the left.

He will have to be far more disciplined this time around, though, as Borussia Dortmund man Blaszczykowski is one of Poland's most dangerous players.

The 27-year-old, who will captain Poland at Wembley, is extremely quick and will cause damage either down the right flank or if he cuts inside as he is also extremely good with his left foot.

  • Lewandowski hits four against Real Madrid


Lewandowski is a Borussia Dortmund player whom England fans will be much more familiar with.

Lewandowski scored 10 goals in the Champions League last season, but he has been out of form for Poland, scoring three times in qualifying - and two of those were penalties against San Marino.

Still, with a move to the Barclays Premier League in his sights, he will be out to impress at Wembley and Chelsea defender Cahill will need to put in another lion-hearted performance, just as he did in Kiev last month, to keep the striker quiet.