Roy Hodgson confident ahead of England's World Cup clash with Poland

Last Updated: 16/10/12 7:19pm

Roy Hodgson believes England have the perfect blend of youth and experience ahead of tonight's World Cup qualifier against Poland.

Hodgson's men will be looking to build on their 5-0 win over San Marino on Friday while Poland are seeking a first victory against England since 1973.

And although history earmarks England as pre-match favourites, Hodgson is expecting a tough night against a "strong opponent".

"It's always nice to have experience in your team and it's also sometimes quite nice to have some younger players," said Hodgson.

"I was told today how many players we've actually used and how many players have changed since the World Cup in 2010.

"Experience is important but I do think at the moment we have a good balance between youth and experience.

"The key unfortunately is nothing more complicated than playing well.

"The key unfortunately is nothing more complicated than playing well."

Roy Hodgson

"We know we've got a strong opponent, we know that they're going to be very well supported by the home crowd.

"For them it's an important moment playing at home against England to try and get their qualifying campaign off to a good start.

"We're aware of those things and all we can do is go onto the field well prepared and do the best we can do."


Leighton Baines impressed starting ahead of Ashley Cole against San Marino, while Danny Welbeck made the most of getting the nod over Jermain Defoe with two goals in the win.

"There are quite a few (selection decisions) and that's good to have," Hodgson added. "I'd prefer not to quantify them or put them in any order, but it's good that the players who came in against San Marino who people did not see as first choice played well.

"You do get more a selection headache, but all coaches will tell you selection headaches are what we're after."

Hodgson has been pleased with England's performances away from Wembley since he took the reins earlier this year but has promised they are not about to rest on their laurels.

"They've played well and we've had some good results but the past is the past and the good results or the good performances in the past doesn't guarantee a good performance or a good result in the future," he added.

"We always start from a situation where there are three points up for grabs and 95 minutes or so to play.

"That's the way we'll continue to look at every game until such time as this qualifying campaign is over."