Franciszek Smuda has revealed Poland’s final 23-man squad for the co-hosts’ assault on Euro 2012, with three of the provisional squad surplus to requirements.
Legia Warsaw striker Michal Kucharczyk failed to make the cut, along with defenders Kamil Glik of newly-promoted Serie A side Torino and Polonia Warsaw’s Tomasz Jodlowiec.
The three players were informed of the coach’s decision at the conclusion of Poland’s recent training camps, with less than two weeks to go until the big kick-off against Greece on June 8th.
Speaking to the press as the squad was announced, Smuda admitted the decision had been “hard for the team staff”.
“It’s probably the worst moment for a manager, having to tell three players that they won’t continue training,” he explained.
Lukasz Fabianski was the other notable absentee, with the Arsenal keeper ruled out of the tournament after sustaining a shoulder injury in Poland’s 1-0 win over Latvia last Tuesday.
Grzegorz Sandomierski of Belgian club Genk takes his place following a call-up to the squad last Saturday.
The only other newcomer is 19-year-old midfielder Rafal Wolski of Legia Warsaw, who earned a place following an impressive debut against the Latvians.
The rest of Smuda’s squad takes on a familiar shape, with players from the Bundesliga set to play a prominent role in the Poland line-up.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the trio of defender Lukasz Piszczek, midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski and striker Robert Lewandowski.
The three players will need to be at their very best if Poland are to beat Greece in their opener, with the co-hosts available at evens for a win.
“They are the backbone of the squad,” Smuda told reporters.
And though Poland are available at 7/10 to qualify for the quarter-finals, which equates to a tidy £42.50 for anyone using bwin’s free £25 bet for registering to back them, their manager knows that much will rest on the opening result.
“Of course we have a chance to progress from the group and make it to the quarter-finals. But the first game is the most important for us,” he added.
Poland face Andorra in their final pre-tournament friendly in Warsaw next Saturday.
Poland Euro 2012 squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal), Przemyslaw Tyton (PSV Eindhoven), Grzegorz Sandomierski (Genk)
Defenders: Sebastian Boenisch (Werder Bremen), Marcin Kaminski (Lech Poznan), Damien Perquis (Sochaux), Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund), Marcin Wasilewski (Anderlecht), Jakub Wawrzyniak (Legia Warsaw), Grzegorz Wojtkowiak (Lech Poznan)
Midfielders: Kuba Blaszczykowski (Borussia Dortmund), Dariusz Dudka (Auxerre), Kamil Grosicki (Sivasspor), Adam Matuszczyk (Fortuna Duesseldorf), Adrian Mierzejewski (Trabzonspor), Rafal Murawski (Lech Poznan), Ludovic Obraniak (Bordeaux), Eugen Polanski (Mainz), Maciej Rybus (Terek Grozny), Rafal Wolski (Legia Warsaw)
Forwards: Pawel Brozek (Celtic), Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund), Artur Sobiech (Hannover 96)
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