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Poland opt for safety in numbers

Published: Tuesday 28 August 2007, 15.52CET
Poland coach Leo Beenhakker has selected an enlarged 25-man squad, and a six-player reserve list, for the vital qualifying matches in Portugal and Finland.
by Pawel Dimow
Published: Tuesday 28 August 2007, 15.52CET

Poland opt for safety in numbers

Poland coach Leo Beenhakker has selected an enlarged 25-man squad, and a six-player reserve list, for the vital qualifying matches in Portugal and Finland.

Poland coach Leo Beenhakker has selected an enlarged 25-man squad for the away UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying matches in Portugal and Finland on 8 and 12 September respectively.

Goliński returns
There are no potential debutants involved, although the Zagłębie Lubin attacking midfielder Michał Goliński returns after winning his only cap in July 2004. GKS Bełchatów playmaker Łukasz Garguła is also back after overcoming numerous injuries, while FC Metalist Kharkiv defender Seweryn Gancarczyk is the only player dropped from the team which drew 2-2 in a friendly in Russia last Wednesday. Beenhakker has also named a six-player stand-by list for the vital double-header - Jerzy Dudek, Jakub Wawrzyniak, Rafał Murawski, Maciej Iwański, Ireneusz Jeleń and Paweł Brożek. Poland top Group A with 19 points, two more than Finland and four more than Portugal who have a game in hand.

Poland squad
Goalkeepers:
Artur Boruc (Celtic FC), Tomasz Kuszczak (Manchester United FC), Łukasz Fabiański (Arsenal FC).

Defenders: Marcin Wasilewski (RSC Anderlecht), Paweł Golański (FC Steaua Bucuresti), Arkadiusz Głowacki (Wisła Kraków), Mariusz Jop (FK Moskva), Jacek Bąk (FK Austria Wien), Michał Żewłakow (Olympiacos CFP), Grzegorz Bronowicki (FK Crvena Zvezda), Dariusz Dudka (Wisła Kraków).

Midfielders: Przemysław Kaźmierczak (FC Porto), Radosław Sobolewski (Wisła Kraków), Mariusz Lewandowski (FC Shakhtar Donetsk), Jakub Błaszczykowski (BV Borussia Dortmund), Łukasz Garguła (GKS Bełchatów), Jacek Krzynówek (VFL Wolfsburg), Euzebiusz Smolarek (Real Racing Club Santander), Wojciech Łobodziński (Zagłębie Lubin), Michał Goliński (Zagłębie Lubin).

Forwards: Maciej Żurawski (Celtic FC), Łukasz Piszczek (Hertha BSC Berlin), Grzegorz Rasiak (Southampton FC), Marek Saganowski (Southampton FC), Radosław Matusiak (SC Heerenveen).

Last updated: 29/08/07 0.43CET

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