Monday 23 October 2017

Roy Hodgson turns back on past for Poland clash

ROY Hodgson insists England's past meetings with Poland will have no bearing on this evening's meeting in a World Cup qualifier in Warsaw.

Some of England's previous battles with the Poles have provided moments of inspiration and despair.

Gary Lineker and Paul Scholes both hit hat-tricks in the fixture - in 1986 and 1999 respectively. But Alan Ball was sent off in Chorzow when England lost to Poland for the only time in 1973.

Then goalkeeper Jan Tomaszewski's sensational performance at Wembley signalled the end of England's hopes of reaching the 1974 World Cup.

Hodgson respects past battles but is more focused on securing the victory which would put England in pole position in their group.

He said: "The match with the goalkeeper (Tomaszewski) at Wembley was a bitter moment. But the fact is, whilst I don't ever dismiss history, the bottom line is we are working for today and tomorrow.

"It's about what we're trying to build. A knowledge of history gives you some perspective - but it doesn't help you win a football match."

The match in Poland kicks off at 8pm.

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