ENGLAND will face the firepower of Robert Lewandowski after a government summit between Poland and Germany.
Gareth Southgate’s men take on Poland at Wembley on March 31 in their third World Cup qualifier.
Robert Lewandowski will face England for Poland by being exempt from Covid rules
And the Poles were sweating on the availability of their star man, with Bayern Munich set to block him playing if it meant he had to quarantine.
Currently, anyone entering Germany from the UK must quarantine for ten days, meaning Lewandowski would miss crucial Bayern games as they battle for yet another title.
But with the Bundesliga giants set to put the kibosh on their striker playing at Wembley, the Polish government have intervened.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki contacted German Chancellor Angela Merkel to ask that Lewandowski be exempt from the strict coronavirus rules.
And with Merkel giving the green light, England will now have to prepare for Lewandowski – who netted a hat-trick in Bayern’s 4-0 demolition of Stuttgart on Saturday.
Jude Bellingham will be able to play for England thanks to the same rulingCredit: Getty
It is not all bad news for the Three Lions, though, with Jude Bellingham now allowed to join up with the squad for the three World Cup qualifiers thanks to the same loophole.
His German side Borussia Dortmund were livid at the prospect of the teen sensation having to quarantine and were ready to block his involvement.
But with Bellingham receiving a sporting exemption just like Bundesliga rival Lewandowski, he is set to make his mark for England.
England face San Marino on Thursday and travel to Albania three days later, before facing Poland and Lewandowski and Wembley.
Bellingham played 90 minutes in Borussia’s draw away to Koln on Saturday and was subjected to sickening online racism.
The teenager wrote ‘just another day on social media’ in a post accompanying a screenshot of horrific comments left on his Instagram page.
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