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Saints teammates set for World Cup showdown
England will host Poland on Tuesday, October 15, in the final match of their campaign to reach the 2014 tournament in Brazil, with striker Lambert and goalkeeper Boruc included in the respective squads.
Both countries are still in with a chance of securing top spot in Group H, with England currently leading the way, while Poland are in fourth place but are just three points behind.
The match could well evoke memories of the World Cup qualifying match between the two countries in 1973.
Then, it was the Polish goalkeeper, Jan Tomaszewski, who produced a magnificent display to help earn his side a 1-1 draw at Wembley and ensure their passage to the 1974 World Cup at the expense of England.
Among the England side that infamous night was Saints legend Mick Channon.
Lambert and his international colleagues will hope the visiting goalkeeper does not play such a key role this time round.
They may, however, be cheering him on next Friday, when England and Poland play their penultimate qualifying games.
Roy Hodgson’s side will host Montenegro, who are third in the group and just one point behind them.
A victory could put England on the cusp of qualification.
That would depend, however, on the result of the evening’s other crucial fixture, as Poland travel to second-placed Ukraine, a side that are also just a single point behind England.
With Hodgson’s men boasting a significantly better goal difference than the rest of the countries in their group, a victory over Montenegro, coupled with a positive result for Poland, would put them in an almost unassailable position.
In that scenario, if Poland beat Ukraine, England would be three points ahead of Boruc’s team, and only a completely unrealistic landslide defeat in the final match would prevent them topping the group.
A win for England and a draw for Poland next Friday would leave Hodgson’s team three points above Ukraine, again with a significant advantage in the goal difference column.
Beating Montenegro will be no simple task, though, with the sides having drawn 1-1 when they met in Podgorica earlier in the campaign, while England’s opponents have lost just one group match so far.
Montenegro also earned a 0-0 draw on their last trip to England, in a European Championship qualifier in 2010.
Lambert is one of five strikers named in the squad for the upcoming pair of qualifiers.
He is joined by Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck and Jermain Defoe.
If they come through this weekend’s action unscathed, Rooney and Sturridge promise to represent Hodsgon’s first choices.
However, with two goals and two assists in his first three England appearances, Lambert could provide a valuable additional option.
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