Captain Steven Gerrard will win his 99th cap when he leads out England against Poland in their World Cup qualifier in Warsaw tonight. The Liverpool star reflected on what England needed to achieve in the game and the highlights of his international career.
"You know every time you put the England shirt on it's a proud moment so to, you know, so to get 99 in the locker is a fantastic achievement for myself but it will only be a good memory tomorrow night if we get the three points what we've come for. If I was pushed and had to pick one game it would have to be the Germany, you know the 1-5 away in Munich."
Ashley Cole could also gain his 99th cap tonight. The left-back was in hot water after tweeting an offensive remark about the FA in light of the charges to fellow Chelsea player John Terry. The player has since apologised and is expected to start in defence tonight.
One of the exciting duels in tonight’s game will likely be the rematch between Robert Lewandowski and Joe Hart. A string of saves by the Hart from Lewandowski secured a draw for Manchester City against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League two weeks ago, and Roy Hodgson has said the whole England defence will need to be at the best to contain the lethal forward.
"Yeah, Joe came out on top on that one I believe but Lewandowski played very well that day so we know what a good player he is and we know how dangerous he can be but of course it won't be just down to Joe Hart to stop a singular player. It would be down to the whole team in front of Joe Hart to do a good job defensively and I'm pretty sure that Lewandowski will be saying he can't win the game off his own bat anyway, he will need plenty of help along the way from a strong Polish team. It's a good game. It's going to be a good game tomorrow night, big crowd, big atmosphere, important game in our qualifying group, something to look forward to."
Unlike the game against San Marino, expect both sides to be gunning for victory. Hodgson knows that a win will help them secure their position in the group and send them on the way to Brazil in two years’ time.
Written and presented by Alfred Joyner