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Boniek: 'We're in Pole position'

IT'S SMILES all around in the Poland camp today as the Polish squad, basking in the glow of a 13-year high, prepare for a friendly with Switzerland tomorrow - but already their eyes are on a date with Ireland in Dublin next year.

Not since the campaign for the 2002 World Cup, when Poland were the first European team to qualify but went on to flop at the finals in Japan/Korea, have the Polish side had such a good start to a group phase, their stunning form maintained by Friday's 4-0 hammering of Georgia in Tbilisi.

"I haven't seen this sort of mood in the national team for some time," says Polish legend Zbigniew Boniek, now head of their FA and a man who somehow manages to keep his ties around his neck without feeling the need to throw them into a crowd of fans.

"The lads wanted to win in Tbilisi and they did that, and did it well. For now we have reasons to smile and we have something to feel optimistic about."

Defender Kamil Glik is an unlikely hero in Poland this week as his goal set Poland on their way to that 4-0 win in Tbilisi and his mind has already turned to the games ahead. "The matches with Ireland and Scotland next year will decide if we go go France," says Glik.

"I think we all have the thought in our heads that we can get first place in this group. You can have a dream. But the main thing is to qualify and we feel we can do that."

The Poles play Switzerland in Wroclaw in a friendly tomorrow, their FA expecting a rare sell-out for a friendly game.


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