​Having won eight of their ten qualifiers last year, Poland will approach this summer with a cautious optimism about what lies ahead.


Performing well at the Euros has been far easier said than done for Poland in the past, but Euro 2016 proved to be a momentous occasion. Not only did the Eagles manage their first win in tournament history, but they made it all the way to the quarter-final.


The goal for Euro 2020 is to go at least one step further, but to do that, Poland will need a strong lineup capable of both scoring and shutting out opponents. With both Spain and Sweden in their group, that might not be too simple.


Here's how Jerzy Brzęczek could set his team up this summer.


Goalkeeper & Defenders

AS Roma v Juventus - Serie A

Wojciech Szczęsny (GK) - ​Fortunately for Poland, they will arrive at the tournament with one of the strongest goalkeepers around in the form of ​Juventus' Szczęsny. He's probably going to be busy, but he's proven to be capable of rising to the challenge.


Łukasz Piszczek - Having retired from international football in 2018, seeing Piszczek return to the international fold was a feel-good moment for everyone. Now 34 years old, this will almost certainly be his final shot at a major trophy.


Kamil Glik - Glik's experience will be key to Poland's chances of keeping out some of Europe's finest forwards. His recent form with Monaco hasn't been overly encouraging, but he still has what it takes to make an impact.


Jan Bednarek - 23-year-old Bednarek has helped ​Southampton rediscover their best form and Poland fans will be eager to see him have the same impact on the international stage this summer.


Arkadiusz Reca - A relative newcomer to the squad, SPAL left-back Reca only really made the position his own in October 2019, but his versatility and attacking mindset will give Poland an extra edge.


Midfielders

Piotr Zielinski

Mateusz Klich - Earning promotion with ​Leeds would be the perfect preparation for Euro 2020 for Klich, who is now permanently back in the squad under Brzęczek after years lost in the wilderness.


Grzegorz Krychowiak - Having seen his career stall after Euro 2016, Krychowiak looks to be somewhere close to his best after discovering his love of scoring goals for Lokomotiv Moscow.


Sebastian Szymański - Players of Football Manager will already be well aware of 20-year-old Szymański, who will be eager to use this summer to showcase his high potential. A string of good performances could be all it takes to earn him a big transfer.


Piotr Zieliński - The creative hub of Poland's midfield is ​Napoli star Zieliński. At club level, he plays in a much deeper role, but he is given plenty of freedom when he pulls on the international shirt.


Kamil Grosicki - An impressive start to the season earned Grosicki a move to West Brom in January and he will certainly come into Euro 2020 with plenty of confidence as a result.


Forward

Robert Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski (ST) - Poland's team jumps up to a whole new level when you hit their strikers. Leading the line will be Lewandowski, who has proven to be one of Europe's premier marksmen with ​Bayern Munich. He needs to score plenty of goals, but that's exactly what he does best.


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