World Cup - England give Poland 10,000 extra tickets for crucial clash

England's hopes of securing qualification for the World Cup in Brazil next summer have been dented by a seemingly short-sighted FA plan to offer Polish fans thousands of extra tickets for Tuesday's crucial match at Wembley.

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World Cup - England give Poland 10,000 extra tickets for crucial clash
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The home side were only obliged to offer 8,000 of the 85,000 match tickets to the Polish FA - but the FA more than doubled that allocation, and now at least 18,000 Polish fans will be cheering on their men, according to the Independent on Sunday.

Taking the 17,000 corporate seats out of the equation, that means that around a third of the true football supporters at the clash will be Polish, significantly diminishing the home advantage that was expected to help England's qualifying campaign end on a high.

England's chief rivals for the only automatic qualifying spot, Ukraine, take on San Marino on Tuesday and look a certainty to win, so Roy Hodgson's men know that only victory will be good enough against the Polish side if they are to avoid the dreaded World Cup play-off.

And several newspapers predict that England's stars will have to win the game against the background of a "wall of sound" cheering for the opposition, since away fans invariably tend to punch above their weight when it comes to cheering their men on.

FA chiefs claim that the decision was made on safety grounds, to ensure that all the away supporters would be grouped in one section of the ground.

The FA offered fans in the UK to purchase their tickets for either the English section or the Polish section but were forced to cap tickets in the Polish section when 10,000 were quickly sold in that area of the ground the UK alone.

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