England will not face Robert Lewandowski in their World Cup qualifier against Poland in 11 days, and Austria will be without David Alaba against Scotland.
The World Cup qualifiers begin next week, and with various Covid-19 rules in different nations, it’s a difficult time for all international teams.
Jurgen Klopp was the first Premier League boss to declare that his players would be barred from traveling to countries where they would be quarantined for 10 days upon their return to Liverpool.
Because of the same rules in Germany, Gareth Southgate will not have to train his squad to tackle Lewandowski on March 31st.
Germany has designated the United Kingdom as a mutation region,’ which ensures that returning players will be quarantined for two weeks, and Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has announced that this means he will bar players from certain games.
“If the returnees from England continue to be quarantined, we will not be able to set Lewandowski down,” Salihamidzic told the German news.
Before returning to Bayern, the former Borussia Dortmund striker will be allowed to play for his country against Hungary and Andorra in their remaining World Cup qualifiers.
With 63 goals to his credit, Lewandowski is by far Poland’s most potent offensive force, and with concerns about his defensive squad picks, Southgate will be relieved not to face him.
Alaba is in the same boat as Austria, which is traveling to Scotland for a World Cup playoff, and this would be a problem for some of their players who play in Germany.
Again, the center-back, who was linked with a summer move to Real Madrid, is available against the Faroe Islands and Denmark in his national team’s two other qualifiers.
The upcoming games will not only serve as the first qualifications for the 2022 tournament in Qatar but will also be the last opportunity for the national teams to train for Euro 2020.
There will be pre-tournament friendlies, but coaches will have selected their preliminary teams by then.
England and Scotland are in the same group as Croatia and the Czech Republic, Poland is in the same group as Spain, Sweden, and Slovakia, and Austria is in the same group as the Netherlands, Ukraine, and North Macedonia.