Bialkowski named in Poland's provisional World Cup squad
PUBLISHED: 13:07 11 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:07 11 May 2018
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Ipswich Town goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski has been named in Poland’s provisional 35-man squad for the World Cup in Russia this summer.
The 30-year-old is one of four goalkeepers on the long list, with one likely to be cut when the final 23-man squad is announced before June 4.
Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus) and Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea) look certs to be on the plane, with Bialkowski – who only recently earned his first senior cap with 45 minutes in a 1-0 friendly defeat to Nigeria – battling with Lukasz Skorupski (Roma) for the other place.
Skorupski made just once senior club appearance this season, while Bialkowski finally caught the eye of his national team boss following yet another remarkable campaign in the Championship.
The Braniewo-born custodian was recently named Supporters’ Player of the Year for the third season running and also scooped the Players’ Player of the Year award.
Poland face Senegal (June 19), Colombia (June 24) and Japan (June 28) in Group H.