World Cup Qualifiers Preview: Tough Trips For England

Last updated : 17 August 2021 By Three Lions

Gareth Southgate's side are back in action at the beginning of September with three qualifiers in the space of a week as international attention turns again to the 2022 World Cup.

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The heroics of the summer may seem a long way away but at least England face two genuinely competitive tests to go alongside a routine home tie with Andorra as they travel to both Hungary and Poland.

Three wins out of three in March's opening matches gave England a 100% start and they top Group I with Hungary two points behind.

The Hungarians gave a good account of themselves in a very tough Euro 2020 group, helped by raucous full-house crowds in Budapest.

Poland, in contrast, disappointed at the Euros despite the efforts of talisman Robert Lewandowski.

Coach Paulo Sousa, who remains relatively new to the role, has already named his squad for September's games with Fiorentina goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski replacing Lukasz Fabianski, recently retired from international football and New England Revolution forward Adam Buksa handed a call-up.

Other talking points for September's qualifiers include the return of Louis van Gaal as coach of the Netherlands, a homecoming for Italy's Euro winners as they host Bulgaria and Lithuania either side of a trip to Switzerland and the start of a new era for Germany with Hansi Flick having succeeded Joachim Low as head coach, Low's last game in charge having been the 2-0 defeat at Wembley in late June.