If England are to post the victory they so desire in their final Group H game, then they will have to banish the memories of their 1-1 draw with Poland in 2012 to the dustbin of history.
The stalemate on a sodden Warsaw pitch was arguably the worst performance in qualifying by Roy Hodgson’s side and below we suggest three lessons which must be learned from that dampest of squibs.
The Three Lions are 11/50 to see off the Poles, with their visitors 11/1 for a first ever Wembley win and a draw last seen in this fixture in 1999 priced up at 5/1.
England managed just three shots on target in their last match against the Poles.
Hodgson elected to start two central forwards in Wayne Rooney and Jermain Defoe yet did far from enough to trouble Przemyslaw Tyton in Warsaw and the deflected goal from the Manchester United man made up one third of their goal-bound efforts.
Fluffed chances played a part, but England must ensure that they reproduce the kind of onslaught that saw them fire in 27 efforts (12 of which found the target) against Montenegro.
After all, they’re playing a defence kind enough to allow San Marino their only goal in Group H.
The failure to close out a 1-0 win in Warsaw was one of three such occurrences in qualifying.
Despite banking the majority of the ball throughout the 90 minutes in Poland, England failed to use it to their advantage.
The home side managed more meaningful attacking incursions, with four more shots and three more corners from their 46 per cent possession.
Meanwhile as the game wore on Hodgson was issued a stark reminder of just how difficult England find defending a lead, with the visitors allowing themselves to be corralled into their own half through a combination of misplaced passes and a misplaced sense of adventure.
Ultimately pressure told and Poland were allowed to rescue the 1-1 draw, a turn of events also seen in matches against Ukraine and Montenegro during qualifying.
Width is vital if the visiting defence is to be unsettled.
Hodgson set out to glean points in Poland through a stodgy line-up lacking in either pace or incision on the flanks, employing James Milner and Tom Cleverley in lieu of genuine wingers.
At home and in the injury-absence of the attacking threat of Borussia Dortmund’s flying full-back Lukasz Piszczek Roy Hodgson must opt for a more adventurous selection policy in a bid to open up the visitors as England so failed to do in Warsaw.