World Cup qualifiers: Can Poland spoil England's night of celebrations?

Poland's 1-0 loss in Ukraine on Friday means that Waldemar Fornalik's side can no longer qualify, but with 18,000 Polish supporters expected at Wembley, Hodgson does not anticipate a straightforward evening.

updated: October 14, 2013 07:53 IST
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London: England conclude their World Cup qualification campaign against Poland on Tuesday, needing a victory to reserve a berth in Brazil and avoid another night of Wembley Stadium infamy.

Wembley was the setting when the Poles denied England a place at the World Cup in 1973 and it was also the backdrop for a 3-2 loss to Croatia on a rain-sodden night in 2007 that prevented England reaching Euro 2008. (Also read: Lampard sure England 'can hold nerve' against Poland)

Alf Ramsey, architect of England's 1966 World Cup triumph, and Steve McClaren paid for those failures with their jobs, but current manager Roy Hodgson approaches the game buoyed by a 4-1 success against Montenegro.

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