Robert Lewandowski hands England huge boost ahead of crunch Poland showdown

England's World Cup hopes have been handed a huge boost after Poland star Robert Lewandowski pulled out of Wednesday crucial qualifier at Wembley.

Lewandowski will miss the Group I showdown after sustaining damaged knee ligaments in Poland's 3-0 win over Andorra at the weekend.

The Bayern Munich superstar limped off after scoring twice in the win – and could be sidelined for up to two weeks.

He has flown back to Munich to undergo treatment and his absence is a massive bonus for Gareth Southgate's men.

Southgate regards Poland as the biggest obstacle standing between his Three Lions and a place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The Polish FA said: "Robert Lewandowski will not play in Wednesday's 2022 World Cup qualifying match against England in London due to an injury.

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"Clinical and imaging studies have shown damage to the collateral ligament of the right knee. The short time remaining until the next match of the national team excludes the participation of the national team captain in this match.

"This would carry too much risk of aggravating the injury. This decision is the only right one, bearing in mind the upcoming EURO 2020 tournament."

Lewandowski, 32, remains one of the most lethal strikers in world football and has plundered an astonishing 47 goals in just 42 appearances for club and country this season.

His absence gives England a great chance to seal what would be a huge win to take control of the qualifying group.

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