It was a nervy first-half for the national team who went into the interval goalless although the result was rarely in doubt once Wayne Rooney had broken the deadlock, with Andros Townsend capping a debut to remember by scoring a stunning third for England.
Tuesday will be a strange match for Hodgson’s men as they will be playing a team who can’t qualify for next summer’s World Cup, although Poland might perform better in a relaxed fashion and they do have players that can cause damage.
It hasn’t stopped the bookies from making England massive favourites and Paddy Power go a best price 2/7 that the place in the final 32 is booked by winning this game, with victory essential considering that Ukraine are guaranteed three points against San Marino.
Hodgson is likely to pick the same team that started the game against Montenegro, with Townsend available at 8/1 with Ladbrokes to break the deadlock, although Rooney could be the best bet considering the Manchester United man looked dangerous on Friday night.
Much depends on whether England can get their noses in front early, otherwise the crowd will start to get tense and we should remember there could be as many as 15,000 Polish supporters at Wembley to cheer on their team.
The Three Lions never make things too easy and Coral’s 7/2 about Draw HT England FT looks the ticket as opposed to the 8/11 with Paddy Power that the home side lead at the interval and full-time.
After all, Robert Lewandowski only needs half a chance to score and will return to the ground where he represented Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final last term, with the Pole set to sign for Bayern Munich next summer.
An early English goal could pave the way for a few more, although one can’t help but feel there will be a safety-first approach from the home side in this game considering falling a goal behind would put pressure on the Three Lions.
Ladbrokes go 5/1 about a 2-0 win in favour of Hodgson’s team and we like the look of England winning to nil at odds of 5/6 with Paddy Power, despite the fact that they conceded against the Montenegrins.
The match finished in a 1-1 scoreline when the teams met in the reverse fixture and a draw can be backed at 5/1 which would mean England go into the play-offs and that would be a huge anti-climax after Friday’s impressive win.