Bialkowski in Provisional Poland World Cup Squad
Friday, 11th May 2018 11:31
Blues keeper Bartosz Bialkowski has been named in a provisional 35-man Poland squad ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Manager Adam Nawalka will reduce the party down to the final 23 on June 4th at a training camp in Arlamow.
Bialkowski won his first full Poland cap in the 1-0 friendly defeat at home to Nigeria in March.
The 30-year-old, Town's first-ever Polish international, is one of four keepers in the squad along with Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea), Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus) and Lukasz Skorupski (Roma).
While two of Nawalka’s World Cup keepers look nailed-on certainties - Szczesny and Fabianski - the third space in the squad travelling to Russia is more open with Skorupski having been out of his club side this season.
The Poles have been drawn in World Cup Group H along with Senegal, Colombia and Japan.
Prior to the finals they play Chile in a friendly in Poznań on June 8th and Lithuania in Warsaw on June 12th.
Bialkowski, who has added the Junior Blues Player of the Year award to his numerous other end-of-season gongs, is still to sign the new contract which former manager Mick McCarthy said had been agreed in January but a one-year extension to his current deal, which was up this summer, has been triggered.
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