Have Poland got a chance?
Forgive me, but I start with a piece of banality. In football anything can happen. You saw that last year when Chelsea won the Champions League with Roberto Di Matteo. Poland’s chances depend to a large extent on what England allow the Polish players to do. If England don’t allow anything, you should be calm and win. Be strong, don’t be nervous. Put pressure on our defenders. Play simple, not trying to discover America, throw lot of balls into the box. If Townsend shows the same form on the right like he did against Montenegro, I think he’ll devastate the Polish defence. You should motivate Townsend well – he’s like Ronaldo and he’ll destroy our defence alone.
Will Poland’s increased allocation of 18,000 tickets make a difference?
These extra tickets will have GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT importance. Poland have been waiting to win a game against a big team since we beat Belgium 1-0 away in the Euro 2008 qualifiers. If Polish players are human beings, they can’t ignore the fact that in the stands there will be 18,000 Polish fans. For me, as a player it would be a great opportunity to show that I’m not so weak. And I would like to play for those people who work in England, because for them it’ll be a very special night. I think they might feel in this big match like they’re playing at home at some points. Polish people are romantic, so I think they’ll be loud.
If England allow Poland to play football, Poland has to take that chance. In the group standings it looks like the Polish team is weak. Maybe they are, but look closer. In some of the games - Moldova away, Ukraine away, Montenegro at home – we had a lot of chances. Especially Moldova away and Montenegro at home. In each of these game we had three or four sensational chances, but each time they were wasted. So we have to shoot when we can, and also park the bus and wait for a counterattack.
Was Friday’s 4-1 win over Montenegro a one-off, or are the English now a threat? What do you think about this new-look England team, with the young attacking players given prominence?
You say they are a young team, but I’ll say the English team showed maturity in this match against Montenegro. They finally believed in themselves. They had a knife to the neck and they stayed strong and won, like they should. To be honest I can’t figure out why England don’t enjoy better results. You have everything: beautiful pitches, a football-crazy culture, big clubs, the great St George’s football centre. You have money, but you can’t turn in into success.
I think you should go to Germany or you should pay Mathias Sammer, who renovated the German coaching system. Somewhere, there’s a bug in your system, and the sooner you’ll fix it, the quicker you’ll catch up with the biggest countries. I think you should have more of a Barca approach in raising youngsters. Look at Spain. Scandals with Spanish players? None. In England they act like bad celebrities, when they’re only footballers. They are very young footballers with nothing in their heads, because of their age. Harsh, maybe, but it's my opinion. You should look after your youngsters more, because the future is in children and the way we look after them.
Are Poland capable of stopping England’s four-man attack?
I think in terms of defence, aside from Artur Boruc in goal, you don’t have to worry. Look in the table. Poland have only kept clean sheets in matches against Moldova at home and San Marino at home. Even away at San Marino we conceded a goal, which I think describes best what’s going on with our defence. So you should not be afraid of us, Roy should order his players to push forward from the very first minute to score fast. Play like in the last minutes of a World Cup final if you were losing 1-0. We don’t have a defence. In football you never know, but you should take advantage of that. Our defence is as bad as the weather in England.
We know of the obvious players who could hurt England – any other tips?
Adrian Mierzejewski. He is having a very good moment with Trabzonspor. He shoots, he assists and I think he’ll play from the beginning. Waldemar Fornalik dropped him in favour of Mateusz Klich against Ukraine on Friday and now we know it was bad decision. Only a few minutes after Mierzejewski entered the pitch in Charkow, he sent a great cross into the box, where Robert Lewandowski had a 200 per cent opportunity to score a goal but somehow his header went wide. How a player like Lewandowski didn’t score that, only God knows. Mierzejewski is in form. He also knows how to shoot from distance, so you should be aware of that.