Poland coach Czeslaw Michniewicz has named a 26-man squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including Barcelona goal machine Robert Lewandowski.
“The selection process is the most important decision in my life,” said Poland coach Michniewicz, quoted by AFP, Thursday (10/11).
Michniewicz insists not only Lewandowski, but all of his picks are of such a level and ability that he can count on them any time.
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Many will reckon with Lewandowski’s role with Poland in a group containing Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Argentina, which was reinforced by Lionel Messi.
Michniewicz says nothing has changed in terms of Juventus’ Wojciech Szczesny being the number one choice in front of Poland’s goal.
He is among 11 Polish players based in Italy.
One area the coach acknowledged as weak was the midfield until he had to call on AEK Athens’ Damian Szymanski.
“Damian played amazing recently and his team is second (in the Greek Super League). I won’t hide that I spent a long time talking about it with Robert. I put forward my reasons out of respect for the captain, this great player,” he explained.
Lewandowski is yet to score a World Cup goal and will undoubtedly remain key to Poland’s destiny.
The 34-year-old player scored nine goals in as many matches as Poland won the ticket to Qatar.
He took his record to 25 goals in 19 games in the last two World Cup qualifying campaigns.
Poland qualified for the World Cup after beating Sweden in the playoffs last March.
Their mission is to erase the memories of being eliminated from the 2018 group stage. The last time they made it past the group stage was in 1986.
Poland squad in full:
Goalkeeper: Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus/Italy), Lukasz Skorupski (Bologna/Italy), Bartlomiej Dragowski (Spezia/Italy)
Defender: Matty Cash (Aston Villa/England), Robert Gumny (Augsburg/Germany), Bartosz Bereszynski (Sampdoria/Italy), Kamil Glik (Benevento/Italy), Jan Bednarek (Aston Villa/England), Jakub Kiwior (Spezia/Italy), Mateusz Wieteska (Clermont/France), Artur Jedrzejczyk (Legia Warsaw), Nicola Zalewski (Rome/Italy)
Midfielder: Grzegorz Krychowiak (Al-Shabab/Saudi Arabia), Krystian Bielik (Birmingham City/England), Damian Szymanski (AEK Athens/Greece), Piotr Zielinski (Napoli/Italy), Sebastian Szymanski (Feyenoord/Netherlands), Szymon Zurkowski (Fiorentina / Italy), Jakub Kaminski (Wolfsburg/Germany), Przemyslaw Frankowski (Lens/France), Kamil Grosicki (Pogon Szczecin), Michal Skoras (Lech Poznan)
Attacker: Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona/Spain), Karol Swiderski (Charlotte FC/USA), Arkadiusz Milik (Juventus/Italy), Krzysztof Piatek (Salernitana/Italy) (Ant/OL-1)