France vs Poland live updates: Euro 2024 match team news, predictions and line-ups


After sacking Fernando Santos, Portugal’s Euro 2016-winning coach, last September following three defeats in six matches during eight months in charge, Poland decided to promote their under-21s coach, Michal Probierz, to the top job.

Under Probierz, the senior side have maintained a back-three shape which moves to a 5-3-2 when they are defending in the middle third or deeper.

Aerially, it’s hard to get the better of towering centre-backs, Jan Bednarek and Jakub Kiwior, who have featured regularly alongside a third defender in the heart of the defence.

Crosses from Nicola Zalewski, pictured, and Przemysław Frankowski are Poland’s main threat in the final third, with left wing-back Zalewski able to cross with both feet.

This ambidexterity is a useful tool, because he can dribble with his right foot and cross with the left before the opposing defender reacts.



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