Paulo Sousa names Poland's squad for EURO 2020
Poland's national team coach Paulo Sousa on Monday announced a list of players that would play in the EURO 2020. Two regular first-eleven players have been placed on the reserves list: West Brom's winger Kamil Grosicki and Dinamo Moscow's playmaker Sebastian Szymański.
Poland coach Paulo Sousa on Monday named his squad for next month's European Championship that begins on June 11 with winger Kamil Grosicki the biggest name to miss out on the 26-man squad.
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is set to lead the team while 17-year old midfielder Kacper Kozłowski made the cut after making his debut in March. The Portuguese coach also named four reserves.
"I'm enthusiastic and, as I said before, we need unity, faith and confidence from the very beginning," Sousa told reporters.
"Based on the experience from the previous three meetings of the Polish national team, the team I have appointed is the best decision at the moment."
Injured forward Krzysztof Piątek was left out after the Polish FA confirmed last week that the 25-year-old needed surgery after fracturing his ankle with Hertha Berlin while Grosicki only made the reserves list.
"Kamil has extensive experience and contributed a lot to the national team," Sousa said.
"However, we want to look at a different development path for this team... to be successful. Making this decision was difficult, but I always put my emotions aside."
Attacking midfielder Sebastian Szymański did not make the cut either and Sousa said his role for his club Dynamo Moscow worked against him.
"We wanted to use him on the right side of the field because he is a talented player. At his club, he plays as a central midfielder, but I have a different concept in the squad," Sousa added.
"I'm counting on him to maintain the pace of development we have seen so far and I believe he will be able to help the team in the future."
Goalkeeper Radosław Majecki was the 27th name on the list but he has been called up only for their training camp in Opalenica.
Poland are in Group E along with Spain, Sweden and Slovakia. Sousa's side play Slovakia in their opening group game in St Petersburg on June 14.
The following is the Poland squad for the June 11-July 11 European Championship named by coach Paulo Sousa on Monday:
Goalkeepers: Łukasz Fabiański, Radosław Majecki, Łukasz Skorupski, Wojciech Szczęsny
Defenders: Jan Bednarek, Bartosz Bereszyński, Paweł Dawidowicz, Kamil Glik, Michał Helik, Tomasz Kędziora, Kamil Piątkowski, Tymoteusz Puchacz, Maciej Rybus
Midfielders: Przemysław Frankowski, Kamil Jóźwiak, Mateusz Klich, Kacper Kozłowski, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Karol Linetty, Jakub Moder, Przemysław Płacheta, Piotr Zieliński
Forwards: Robert Lewandowski, Dawid Kownacki, Arkadiusz Milik, Karol Świderski, Jakub Świerczok.
Reserves: Rafał Augustyniak, Kamil Grosicki, Robert Gumny, Sebastian Szymański
Źródło: TVN24 News in English, Reuters
Źródło zdjęcia głównego: eurosport