Scotland will play Poland in the National Stadium, Warsaw, on Wednesday, 5th March 2014 as preparations for the UEFA Euro 2016 qualification campaign continue.
Gordon Strachan’s side will travel to the Polish capital looking to build on their 1-0 victory against Norway in Molde and the goalless draw against the USA at Hampden Park last month.
Poland have not qualified for next summer’s FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil but are in the process of rebuilding under their new manager, Adam Nawalka.
Scotland’s last A Squad match against Poland was a 1-1 draw in the WKS Zawisza Stadium, Bydgoszcz, in 2001 with Scott Booth – the Sky Sports Victory Shield-winning coach – scoring from the penalty spot.
The Scotland national coach, Gordon Strachan, believes the match presents an opportunity for players flourishing north and south of the border to stake a claim for consideration ahead of the start of the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers, the draw for which takes place in Nice, France, on 23rd February next year.
“We can all be encouraged by the strong finish to 2013 and the challenge now for us is to continue that momentum into next year,” said Gordon. “Poland will be a tough match, particularly in Warsaw, but it is exactly the type of contest we will need to overcome in the Euro Championship qualifiers.
“Between now and March, we will monitor the performances of our core squad members but also those who have performed really well in recent months and who have come to our attention. We are aware of their capabilities and we know there is a lot of excitement around some younger players who have emerged this season.
“If they continue to develop and demonstrate that form consistently then there will be opportunities throughout our preparations for the start of the Euro Championship qualifiers.”
** The kick-off time for the International Challenge Match against Poland will be confirmed in due course.