England: Five potential match-winners v Poland

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We all remember that goalless draw against Italy in Rome in 1997, and David Beckham's last-gasp free-kick against Greece at Old Trafford four years later.

But who will be England's hero in Tuesday night's crunch 2014 World Cup qualifier against Poland at Wembley.

Roy Hodgson's men must win to secure their place in Brazil - and here are the five players who could send them there.

Andros Townsend

Roy Hodgson's decision to hand Tottenham winger Andros Townsend his England debut against Montenegro on Friday night proved an inspired move.

The 22-year-old was England's Man of the Match and capped his impressive display with an excellent goal.

He'll be riding the crest of a wave right now - and another match-winning performance against Poland would go some way to sealing his place on the plane to Brazil next summer.

Steven Gerrard

How many times has Steven Gerrard produced the goods for Liverpool when it's mattered most down the years?

Plenty is the answer. But the 33-year-old, who has played for England over 100 times, has only had a couple of moments where he's inspired the Three Lions at crucial times.

This will be Gerrard's last chance to play at a World Cup finals, so you can be sure that he'll be doing everything in his power to make sure England get there on Tuesday night.

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney is scoring freely for England right now and is perhaps the most likely candidate to send the Three Lions to next summer's World Cup finals.

The Manchester United striker only needs 13 more goals to become England's all-time top scorer - and goal number 38 could be the most important international goal of his career so far.

Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge looks a completely different player since leaving Chelsea to join Liverpool - and he can move another step closer to completing his transformation by scoring the winning goal against Poland this week.

The 24-year-old netted his second England goal against Montenegro on Friday night, but scoring the winning goal to send England to Brazil would be the highlight of his career so far.

Leighton Baines

In the future, will we talking about Leighton Baines' famous free-kick winner against Poland in the same way we do about Beckham's free-kick against Greece?

The Everton full-back will start on Tuesday and will be on free-kick duty.

He's already proven how lethal he is from dead-ball situations this season, so don't bet against him becoming England's unlikely hero.

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