England defender is confident of securing qualification for Brazil with win over Poland
England v Poland
FIFA World Cup 2014
Group H Qualifier
8pm, Tuesday 15 October 2013
Leighton Baines insists England are not thinking about a World Cup play-off and says they are determined to book their place at the Finals by beating Poland on Tuesday.
Roy Hodgson’s side need just one more victory to qualify for the showpiece event in Brazil next summer following their impressive 4-1 win over Montenegro on Friday night.
With Ukraine ending Poland's hopes with a 1-0 win on Friday, England are guaranteed a top two finish even if they fail to secure a victory in their final game.
But Baines has every confidence they can make it a night to remember for the England supporters at Wembley.
Baines said: “We start our preparations for the Poland game now and work on how are going to approach it. We are not sure how they are going to approach the game, now they are out of the equation.
“We are aware of the rewards at the end and it is a great incentive for us. If we don’t get the result there is something there for us to still have a chance but we are not thinking about that.
“We have beaten some top teams at home in recent months and we are just focused on winning the game. We have got enough attacking threat to score goals."
He continued: “It was my biggest England game on Friday and we knew how important it was to win the game. We have got the job half done - we want to finish it off now.
“There will be a big crowd and we want to get the right result.”
Baines had nothing but praise for the impact that Andros Townsend had on his Three Lions debut when he produced a man of the match display against Montenegro and got his name on the score sheet with England's third goal.
With Ashely Cole ruled out of the Poland encounter, the Everton defender is hoping he can be a star performer once again in the final Group H qualifier.
Baines added: “It was an outstanding performance for him to come in and play like that. He will be able to keep that goal with him forever.
“He has shown he can produce match-winning performances which is great for the manager.”