No room for Linetty in the Poland World Cup squad packed with plenty of fire power

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No room for Linetty in the Poland World Cup squad packed with plenty of fire power
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Robert Lewandowski will be Poland's main man in Qatar
Robert Lewandowski will be Poland's main man in Qatar
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Poland manager Czeslaw Michniewicz left out Torino midfielder Karol Linetty (27) from his 26-man squad for the World Cup in Qatar, which he named on Thursday.

Linetty has earned 42 caps for Poland since making his debut in 2014, but Michniewicz found no room for him in the squad due to fierce competition.

Other experienced players missing include Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Jakub Moder, who is out with an injury, and defender Maciej Rybus who was dropped from the Poland squad after joining Russian club Spartak Moscow in June.

There had been speculation that Michniewicz would name four goalkeepers but he opted for three, leaving out FC Copenhagen's Kamil Grabara and Cercle Brugge's Radoslaw Majecki.

Michniewicz included 34-year-old veteran Kamil Grosicki, who has earned 86 caps for the national team, and now plays in the Polish club Pogon Szczecin. The midfielder played his first game for Poland back in 2008.

He will be joined by 35-year-old Legia Warsaw defender Artur Jedrzejczyk who was called up despite not playing for Poland since 2019.

Aston Villa's defensive duo Jan Bednarek and Matty Cash are included, along with Birmingham City's Krystian Bielik, who missed the whole of the World Cup qualification except their playoff win against Sweden due to a torn knee ligament.

The tournament will be Poland's ninth World Cup finals appearance after they failed to make it out of their group in Russia four years ago.

Poland, who were drawn in Group C for Qatar, open their World Cup campaign against Mexico on November 22nd, before matches against Saudi Arabia and Argentina.

Squad:

Goalkeepers

Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus)
Bartlomiej Dragowski (Spezia)
Lukasz Skorupski (Bologna)

Defenders

Jan Bednarek (Aston Villa)
Kamil Glik (Benevento)
Robert Gumny (FC Augsburg)
Artur Jedrzejczyk (Legia Warsaw)
Jakub Kiwior (Spezia)
Mateusz Wieteska (Clermont)
Bartosz Bereszynski (Sampdoria)
Matty Cash (Aston Villa)
Nicola Zalewski (AS Roma)

Midfielders

Krystian Bielik (Birmingham City)
Przemyslaw FrankowskiPrzemyslaw Frankowski (Lens)
Kamil Grosicki (Pogon Szczecin)
Grzegorz Krychowiak (Al-Shabab)
Jakub Kaminski (VfL Wolfsburg)
Michal Skoras (Lech Poznan)
Damian Szymanski (AEK Athens)
Sebastian Szymanski (Feyenoord)
Piotr Zielinski (Napoli)
Szymon Zurkowski (Fiorentina)

Forwards

Robert Lewandowski (FC Barcelona)
Arkadiusz Milik (Juventus)
Krzysztof Piatek (Salernitana)
Karol Swiderski (Charlotte FC)