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England forward Rooney scores against Montenegro in their World Cup qualifier.Reuters

For England, it is pretty simple if they want to qualify for the 2014 World Cup - beat Poland at Wembley on Tuesday night.

After an impressive 4-1 win over Montenegro in their World Cup qualifier on Friday, Roy Hodgson will expect more of the same from his side when they take on Poland, a team England haven't lost to in the past 15 matches.

"We are fit and ready," Hodgson said. "History is important in Churchillian terms, but when it comes to sport I don't think it has any relevance whatsoever. Each game is a new game. As far as we're concerned we are focusing on our job and the Poland we will face."

England, who will be without the suspended Kyle Walker, lead Group H by a single point from Ukraine, who are expected to easily beat San Marino in their final qualifier, leaving the Three Lions needing all three points against a Polish side which have seen their chances of qualifying for Brazil vanish after Friday's loss to Ukraine.

"None of the players have mentioned the playoffs," England skipper Steven Gerrard said. "We want to seize this opportunity and do the job tomorrow (Tuesday). We want the win tomorrow (Tuesday).

"Ninety-thousand fans, a full house at Wembley -- it's a huge game on the back of a performance a couple of nights ago. We're ready to go.

"I think the Poland tactics will be very similar to Montenegro's - they will want to defend really well and make it as difficult as possible.

"It is important we show patience, but I think with the attacking players we've got in the whole squad, it'll only be a matter of time before the breakthrough comes. We're that confident."

Hodgson also spoke along the same lines as his skipper. "I still feel the tension and the focus of this being a game we want to win. We don't discuss the playoffs," he said.

"This is our game, our stadium and our fans - we are good team and we are going for the win. I think we are getting better all the time. The younger, exciting players are coming in and they add to our team."

Where to watch

The match is scheduled for a 12.30 a.m. (IST) start with live telecast on Star Sports

Expected lineups: England: Hart; Jones, Jagielka, Cahill, Baines; Gerrard, Lampard; Townsend, Rooney, Welbeck; Sturridge.

Poland: Boruc; Wojtkowiak, Jedrzejczyk, Szukala, Glik; M Lewandowski, Blaszczykowski, Lich, Sobota, Krychowiak; R Lewandowski.

Prediction: 2-1 to England