POLAND take on England at Wembley tonight without star man Robert Lewandowski.
The inspirational captain and lethal goalscorer has been ruled out for a month with a knee injury.
But in Lewandowski’s absence, some of Poland’s other stars may take their chance to step up to the plate and put themselves in the shop window for some English clubs.
Nine of the current crop already ply their trade in the Premier League or Championship, including Poland’s record appearance maker in England’s top flight, Lukasz Fabianski.
But we have a look at five Polish players who could make the switch to join them in England in the coming transfer windows…
Barring a spectacular transfer for Lewandowski this summer, the highest-profile Polish player who could be heading to the Premier League is Milik – but it won’t happen just yet.
The 27-year-old hitman made a name for himself at Ajax between 2014 and 2016, scoring 47 goals in 76 appearances, then signed for Napoli.
Milik – along with plenty of team-mates – has fallen out with the Italian club and is now on an 18-month loan at Marseille, who have an obligation to make the deal permanent in 2022 for £10.6million.
Manchester United, Everton, West Ham and Tottenham all showed interest and impressive form in 2021-22 could see Marseille sell up for an easy profit.
Like Milik, Piatek is pretty well known in England especially after plenty of transfer speculation last year.
Chelsea, Tottenham, Newcastle and Aston Villa were all chasing the then-AC Milan striker – Spurs coming closest – before he ended up joining Hertha Berlin for £23m.
Aged 25, the rapid forward is nearing his prime as a centre-forward and has delivered on the international stage with eight goals in 17 caps.
Kozlowski is the youngest player on the list having only turned 17 in October and the central midfielder may well be one for the future.
He made his top-flight debut in his homeland aged 15 years and 215 days, attracting interest across Europe including from Manchester United, but then was involved in a serious car accident in January last year.
Fully recovered, he is now a regular with boyhood club Pogon Szczecin and came off the bench for his senior Poland debut against Andorra on Sunday.
Dynamo Moscow midfielder Szymanski, 21, just missed out on heading to the World Cup in 2018 but has since racked up ten senior caps and has more than 150 club matches to his name.
He prefers to play as a No10 but can also drop deeper as a No8 or out on the right wing with his killer eye for a pass bagging him loads of assists and the attention of Liverpool scouts during his time at Legia Warsaw.
Gumny won’t be involved for Paulo Sousa’s side at Wembley after being left out of the current squad – but rest assured he undoubtedly will earn plenty of caps to add to his one from November.
The pacey and tricky 22-year-old right-back – once linked with Celtic – came through at Lech Poznan before joining Augsburg in the Bundesliga in 2020.
He is comfortable on either side and boasts a wicked cross when he bombs forward.
Polish players in the Premier League
EIGHTEEN Polish players have played in the Premier League – many of them goalkeepers..
Lukasz Fabianski (271 apps)
Wojciech Szczesny (132)
Artur Boruc (128)
Jerzy Dudek (127)
Jan Bednarek (93)
Tomasz Kuszczak (63)
Dariusz Kubicki (31)
Marcin Wasilewski (30)
Mateusz Klich (29)
Grzegorz Krychowiak (27)
Robert Warzycha (27)
Kamil Grosicki (18)
Grzegorz Rasiak (15)
Ebi Smolarek (12)
Jakub Moder (3)
Detsi Kruszynski (2)
Emanuel Olisadebe (2)
Jaroslaw Fojut (1)
Piotr Swierczewski (1)