Michniewicz names first Poland squad!

Poland coach Czesław Michniewicz has named 29 foreign-based players for his first training camp, due to begin at the end of March. The exact schedule has yet to be confirmed, due to FIFA expelling the Poles’ World Cup qualifying opponents Russia, due to the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

The former Legia coach has named four keepers, ten defenders, ten midfielders and five attackers for the camp, with an unspecified number of players from Polish clubs still to be named next week.

Amongst the regular call-ups, Michniewicz has opted to bring a handful of players back into the fold. Jacek Góralski returns to the squad after almost eighteen months away, having ruptured his cruciate ligament in February 2021; while defender Marcin Kamiński’s inclusion is a surprise, given his last appearance in the red-and-white was almost three-and-a-half-years ago. There is also a return to the squad for Derby’s Krystian Bielik, who has had a number of injury setbacks in recent years.

In addition, there are a handful of names who could be in line to make their debuts for Poland. Goalkeeper Kamil Grabara and midfielder Szymon Żurkowski have been called into the squad previously, but have yet to make an appearance on the pitch, while Konrad Michalak’s call-up is his first. All three had been a part of Michniewicz’s under-21 side between 2017 and 2020.

There is also a place in the squad for defender Tomasz Kędziora, who only last week was forced to flee Ukraine following the Russian invasion. Alongside him will be Moscow-based Maciej Rybus and Sebastian Szymański, and Krasnodar’s Grzegorz Krychowiak. The latter is in the process of terminating his contract, while the other two are stuck: Dynamo Moscow are currently unlikely to let Szymański out of his contract, while Rybus’ wife and two children are both Russian nationals.

Missing from the squad are Mateusz Klich – Part of the Leeds a united side which has collected only one point from seven games – who would have sat out the first Qualifier through suspension anyway. Derby’s Kamil Jóźwiak also sits out, amidst speculation of a transfer to Charlotte FC, whilst Nicola Zalewski has only just returned to the Roma squad after injury.

Of the 29 players, nine are based in Italy, with six plying their trade in England. There are also two American-based players, with new Charlotte FC signing Karol Świderski joining New England’s Adam Buksa amongst the strikers.

As it stands, the Poles expect to play against the winner of the match between Sweden and Czech Republic, although FIFA have yet to confirm this.

GOALKEEPERS: Bartłomiej Drągowski (Fiorentina), Łukasz Skorupski (Bologna), Kamil Grabara (FC Copenhagen), Wojciech Szczęsny (Juventus).

DEFENDERS: Jan Bednarek (Southampton), Marcin Kamiński (Schalke 04), Bartosz Bereszyński (Sampdoria), Tomasz Kędziora (Dynamo Kyiv), Matty Cash (Aston Villa), Tymoteusz Puchacz (Trabzonspor), Kamil Glik (Benevento), Arkadiusz Reca (Spezia), Michał Helik (Barnsley), Maciej Rybus (Lokomotiv Moscow).

MIDFIELDERS: Krystian Bielik (Derby County), Jakub Moder (Brighton & Hove Albion), Przemysław Frankowski (RC Lens), {Przemysław Płacheta (Norwich City), Jacek Góralski (FC Kairat), Sebastian Szymański (Dynamo Moscow), Grzegorz Krychowiak (Krasnodar), Piotr Zieliński (Napoli), Konrad Michalak (Konyaspor), Szymon Żurkowski (Empoli).

STRIKERS: Adam Buksa (New England Revolution), Krzysztof Piątek (Fiorentina), Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Karol Świderski (Charlotte FC), Arkadiusz Milik (Olympique Marseille).


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