England will attempt to maintain their unbeaten record in 2014 World Cup qualifying when they travel to Warsaw for a matchup with Poland.
Following a disappointing 1-1 draw with Ukraine on Sept. 11, the Three Lions defeated San Marino 5-0 on Friday with Manchester United stars Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck each scoring two goals.
England will need another strong attacking performance on Tuesday because Poland is a well-coached side that has enough firepower to score goals against quality opponents.
Poland needs a victory vs. England because they have already dropped points during qualifying thanks to a 2-2 draw with Montenegro in September. Thus far, Poland has four points from two matches.
Let's look at a preview of this World Cup qualifying match, and the information you need in order to catch the action live.
When: Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 3:00 p.m. ET
Watch: ITV 1
Live Stream: ESPN3
Where: Warsaw National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland
Most Important Player to Watch
England goalkeeper Joe Hart cans secure three points for his team with a fine performance against Poland. He is one of the Three Lions' best and most reliable players.
Hart was fantastic for Premier League club Manchester City vs. Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League earlier this month, and will need a similar performance to ensure that England defeats Poland.
Poland will definitely have a number of chances to score, and it will be up to Hart to stop them, and give England the best chance to win.
Key Matchup: England defense vs. Poland strikers
Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, who also stars at German club Borussia Dortmund, will be a major threat to score in this match, and the English back four must do a fine job of defending him in order to secure three points.
Lewandowski is an accurate shooter, has plenty of strength, and can score goals off of set pieces with his head. If he is not properly defended, he could score the match winner for Poland.
There's no doubt that England will score goals, but if the Three Lions defend poorly, they could risk losing this match. Poland's quality cannot be taken lightly.
What They're Saying
England's depth on the wings may be tested with the latest news on young forward Theo Walcott (via ESPN Soccernet).
A statement issued by the FA read: "Theo Walcott has been ruled out of the FIFA World Cup qualifier with Poland on Tuesday with a chest injury. The Arsenal forward was taken to hospital following a collision with the San Marino goalkeeper on Friday night, he was monitored overnight as a precaution and following scan results today will return to his club for further treatment.''
However, the injury issues don't stop there for England.
Per the Daily Mail:
'Frank Lampard and Ryan Bertrand have been ruled out of England's FIFA World Cup qualifier with Poland,' read an England statement.
England wins 3-1
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