Villa’s 24 year old right back Matty Cash is widely expected to make his first international appearance(s) for Poland this week.
Cash, who joined Villa from fellow Midlands side Nottingham Forest in 2020, is currently with the Polish squad ahead of qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary.
The defender’s call-up, having been granted citizenship only as recently as 26th October, is deserved after consistently good club form. Indeed, those performances have stood in contrast to many of his team-mates, with a recent run of five defeats resulting in the departure of Head Coach Dean Smith.
As Villa’s search for a new boss continues, even current Poland manager Paulo Sousa has featured amongst a speculative story emanating from Portugal.
Whilst Cash is no doubt keeping an eye on managerial developments at Villa Park, his attention will certainly turn to games which could see him run out in Qater next winter.Embed from Getty Images
Despite a string of promising club displays from Cash, the likelihood of selection for England was always looking decidedly slim. After-all, current national team boss Gareth Southgate has a plethora of right-sided options including Kyle Walker, Reece James, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kieran Trippier and Aaron Wan-Bissaka at his disposal.
Poland currently sit second in their World Cup Qualifying Group, behind leaders England.
You can read an informative piece about Cash’s family history, charting his grandfather’s and Poland’s turbulant history via The Guardian.