Four added to Poland squad

On Tuesday, Czesław Michniewicz named four more players to his Poland squad, taking the total number to 33. The squad will prepare for the World Cup play-off against either Czech Republic or Sweden with a recently-announced friendly in Scotland.

All four of those named ply their trade in the Ekstraklasa – three with clubs vying for the title. Defender Bartosz Salamon of Lech Poznań, and midfielders Kamil Grosicki and Patryk Kun, from Pogoń Szczecin and Raków Częstochowa respectively, join with centre-back Mateusz Wieteska of Michniewicz’s former club, relegation-battling Legia Warsaw.

Grosicki and Salamon have experience in the squad. Salamon last played for the national team with 90 minutes against Kazakhstan under Adam Nawałka in 2016. Grosicki, meanwhile, was a mainstay until being dropped from Paulo Sousa’s last five squads – including the one for Euro 2020. He last played a handful of minutes in the white-and-red against England at Wembley, back in March 2021.

Kun and Wieteska, however, only have experience of youth international football. Wieteska made 17 appearances for the U21 side between 2017 and 2019, while Kun played for the U18s as far back as 2013.


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), Bartosz Salamon (Lech Poznań), Mateusz Wieteska (Legia Warsaw).

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 (AEK Athens), Piotr Zieliński (Napoli), Konrad Michalak (Konyaspor), Szymon Żurkowski (Empoli), Kamil Grosicki (Pogoń Szczecin), Patryk Kun (Raków Częstochowa).

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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