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.
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Great stuff. It's likely to be a straight pick between him and Skorupski for the 3rd spot as the other two are very established goalkeepers. I really hope he gets picked as no one deserves it more. Good luck Bart!
Szczesny and Skorupski are number 2's, so they're getting any real game time. Fabianski is the only other primary keeper right now, who is in no particular great form playing for Swansea who are about to drop out of the Premier League. If you ask me, it's looking good for Bialkowski.
You can't say any of the other three have had a good season because two haven't been playing, and the other has got relegated!
With the ‘Bartmans’ inclusion in the recent Polish squad, this is prove this can be achieved whilst on our books. With the fact he’s (by all accounts) happy in Ipswich I’d say there’s a slim to reasonable chance he might remain, unless a stupid offer comes in, then it’s obviously fair play to the man and the best of British.
I am sure he has the sense to hold off signing any new contract until he knows who the new manager is.Probably would have signed already if Mick was still in charge. Could be the first of many who will want away.
Thanks Wrightie,watching that 12 minutes of wonderful saves shows why he has won the Supporters Player of the Year for 3 consecutive seasons,plus other awards;and why he is now in the Poland squad for the World Cup.
Pleased also that Ipswich have triggered the additional year.Lets hope that Marcus now recognising that we have an International Keeper between the sticks , improves the offer on the table,instead of trousering the millions that should be offered for him should he shine in the forthcoming tournament. I hope he does;for it would be selfish of us to expect him not to go to Russia,not to play there,or fail if he does,in the hope that we can hang onto one of the best,if not the best I have seen at Portman Rd in 55 years.
Hopefully if he does stay he will have less to do than he has in the preceding 3 years ?