Poland Euro 2024 squad review: Lewandowski carries Polish hopes once more

Poland’s were unconvincing in Euro 2024 qualifying, finishing third behind Albania and Czechia in quite a weak Group E, but they delivered in the play-offs by beating Wales on penalties in Cardiff.

Yet, while the jubilation was palpable, the Poland Euro 2024 squad will still head to Germany with relatively low expectations.

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Wojciech Szczesny in action in the Euro 2024 play-off final win over Wales – Photo by Icon Sport

Poland – Key facts

Year founded: 1921

Nickname: The Eagles

Current FIFA ranking: 28th

Highest FIFA ranking: 5th

Year of Euro debut: 2008

Best Euro performance: Quarter-finals (2016)

Player to watch: Robert Lewandowski

Full Poland Euro 2024 squad

Goalkeeper

  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Lukasz Skorupski
  • Marcin Bulka

Defence

  • Jan Bednarek
  • Bartosz Bereszynski
  • Jakub Kiwior
  • Tymoteusz Puchacz
  • Bartosz Salamon
  • Pawel Dawidowicz
  • Sebastian Walukiewicz

Midfield

  • Kamil Grosicki
  • Piotr Zielinski
  • Przemyslaw Frankowski
  • Sebastian Szymanski
  • Jakub Moder
  • Damian Szymanski
  • Nicola Zalewski
  • Michal Skoras
  • Bartosz Slisz
  • Jakub Piotrowski
  • Taras Romanczuk
  • Kacper Urbanski

Attack

  • Robert Lewandowski
  • Karol Swiderski
  • Krzysztof Piatek
  • Adam Buksa

Surprise inclusions in Poland Euro 2024 squad

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Kacper Urbanski made his debut against Ukraine on Friday – Photo by Icon Sport

Kacper Urbanski

19 year old Kacper Urbanski is a surprise inclusion in the final squad. He only made his international debut as a fifth minute substitute for the injured Arkadiusz Milik in Friday’s friendly win over Ukraine, but was later replaced. 

He hasn’t set the world on fire in Serie A with Bologna this season with only nine league starts, no goals and only one assist, but coach Michal Probierz clearly sees him as one for the future and a trip to the Euros will be positive for his development even if he sees little game-time.

Taras Romanczuk

The final Poland Euro 2024 squad only features three players who play their football in the Polish league and one of those is midfielder Taras Romanczuk.

He is fresh from an impressive title winning season with Jagiellonia Bialystok, but at 32 and with only three international caps to his name, this feels like something of a left-field pick. Romanczuk did start and score in Poland’s penultimate warm-up game though, which may have clinched his ticket to the Euros.

In-form players for Poland

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Robert Lewandowski is still by some distance Poland's main man – Photo by Icon Sport

Robert Lewandowski

The one big positive for Poland is that key man Robert Lewandowski, by far their best player, ended the season in good form with six goals in his final six league games for Barcelona.

He’s not a player that regularly creates his own opportunities though and the concern will be that poor service in a tough group will leave him feeding on scraps in what may be his final international tournament.

Krzysztof Piatek

This Polish squad is light in terms of form players who have had good seasons at club level, but forward Krzysztof Piatek is one who could be placed in that category. He scored 17 times in the Turkish Super Lig for Istanbul Basaksehir including a hat-trick in his final game of the season.

That should send him to the Euros in good spirits and he’s capable of competing with an out-of-sorts Karol Swiderski for the starting role alongside Lewandowski.

Poland Predicted Euro 2024 XI

Poland vs The Netherlands

(3-5-2) Szczesny, Kiwior, Dawidowicz, Bednarek, Zalewski, Zielinski, Slisz, Piotrowski, Frankowski, Lewandowski, Swiderski

Poland tend to set up with wing backs in a 3-5-2 system and that’s how they’re likely to operate in this tournament, certainly in the tougher group matches. They have high quality performers at either end in the shape of Wojciech Szczesny and Robert Lewandowski but not a great deal in between that will spark fear in their Euro 2024 Group D opponents.

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Jakub Kiwior is one of Poland's brightest young talents, but it's far from a golden generation – Photo by Icon Sport

Poland vs Austria

(3-5-2) Szczesny, Kiwior, Bereszynski, Bednarek, Zalewski, Zielinski, Slisz, Sebastian Szymanski, Frankowski, Lewandowski, Piatek

Unless they get a surprise result against the Dutch, changes are likely on matchday two with in-form Krzysztof Piatek potentially replacing Swiderski in attack. The third central midfield role is also up for grabs so either Sebastian Szymanski or Damian Szymanski may well come in while the experienced Bartosz Bereszynski could also be preferred to Pawel Dawidowicz in defence.

Poland vs France

(3-5-2) Szczesny, Kiwior, Bereszynski, Bednarek, Zalewski, Zielinski, Slisz, Damian Szymanski, Frankowski, Lewandowski, Swiderski

It’s likely that Poland will need something from their tough final game against France so Michal Probierz should name another strong eleven. Much will depend on how players perform in the positions that are the source of debate, but he may opt for fresh legs in midfield for the final game with Damian Szymanski potentially coming in.


Mark is a freelance football writer based in Madrid. He regularly attends and covers La Liga matches around Spain, whilst also following football across Europe.