The top scorer in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying with 13 goals, FC Bayern München striker Robert Lewandowski is hoping to add to his international tally when he leads Poland out against Northern Ireland on Sunday.
"We want to win the first game, but we know that it won't be simple," said Lewandowski, who now has 34 goals in 76 caps for his country. "We want to make a good start to the tournament."
Rested and ready
Poland qualified just one point behind world champions Germany, though they are without a win in their previous two games having lost to the Netherlands before drawing 0-0 with Lithuania in Krakow last Monday. Lewandowski missed the latter of those fixtures, but he is fit and raring to go ahead of Poland's opener at the Allianz Riviera.
"I'm in good shape. I was rested for the last friendly, so I'll be fresh against Northern Ireland," said the former Borussia Dortmund man from his nation’s base camp on France's Atlantic coast. "It's good that we have a bit of peace and quiet here in our EURO training camp. At home in Poland, everyone is euphoric."
Poland and Germany have been drawn together once again in France, with the Northern Irish and Ukraine completing the Group C contingent. Poland and Germany won a game apiece when they faced off in qualifying, and Poland captain Lewandowski believes his team can get the better of Die Nationalmannschaft.
"[They will be a difficult opponent] not only in our group, but also in the EURO. But with a little luck, we can do it. I hope both teams go through and meet again in the final."
Poland will be without Stade Rennais FC winger Kamil Grosicki for the Northern Ireland game, with an ankle injury meaning he could also miss the Germany clash on Thursday. Lewandowski, though, remains upbeat.
"Such difficulties won't stop us. We're ploughing on unperturbed."
* The squad has landed in Nice! Now it's time for training!