Published 07 September 2021 3 min read
England Men's Senior Team

Opta facts: Poland v England

Written by:

Tom Ede

Ahead of our trip to face Poland, we take a look at some facts and stats around the match, courtesy of Opta...
England have only lost one of their 20 matches against Poland in all competitions (W12 D7), losing 2-0 in Chorzów in a 1974 World Cup qualifier under Sir Alf Ramsey. They are unbeaten in 17 games against the Poles since (W11 D6).
Five of the last seven meetings between Poland and England on Polish soil have ended as draws, with this being the first meeting since October 2012 in a World Cup qualifier which was delayed by 24 hours after heavy rainfall in Warsaw. The Three Lions took the lead through Wayne Rooney, but Poland equalised with a goal from Kamil Glik.
England have won seven of their last eight World Cup qualifying matches against Poland (D1), including beating the Poles 2-1 earlier this year at Wembley. Current manager Gareth Southgate played in two of those seven victories, featuring in both home and away wins over Poland in World Cup 1998 qualifying.
England have kept eleven clean sheets in their 14 games in 2021, their joint-most in a single calendar year alongside 1966.
England are unbeaten in their last 15 matches in all competitions (W13 D2), since losing 2-0 against Belgium in the UEFA Nations League in November 2020. Indeed, England have conceded just three goals in this run, while registering 12 clean sheets in the process. 
Poland have won consecutive matches in all competitions for the first time since November 2020, while they last won three in a row in November 2019 (run of four).
Jesse Lingard has had more shots in World Cup 2022 qualification than any other England player (15), while only Harry Kane (five) has been directly involved in more goals than the Manchester United midfielder (Four – two goals, two assists).
Harry Kane has scored 40 goals in just 63 caps for England, only four players have scored more for the Three Lions: Wayne Rooney (53), Bobby Charlton (49), Gary Lineker (48) and Jimmy Greaves (44). In fact, Kane has scored in each of his last 14 qualifying matches for the EUROs/World Cup, netting 18 goals in total in this run.