Clear edge from the Polish Football Association!
Maciej Rybus (32) will not appear for the Polish national team at the World Cup in Qatar (November 21 to December 18).
The reason: Rybus is under contract in the Russian league and only recently announced his move to local rival Spartak after five years at Lokomotiv Moscow.
The Polish association announced on Monday the decision that the team around superstar Robert Lewandowski (33) voluntarily renounced the winger. Rybus himself was informed about this last week by national coach Czeslaw Michniewicz (52).
Rybus will neither be invited to the training camp in September nor considered for the World Cup “because of his current contract situation”, according to the statement.
However, it is unclear whether Rybus was informed about the possible consequences for his career in the national team before his transfer decision.
Striking: Although Rybus has been part of the national team since 2009, he has not been called up for international matches since the outbreak of war in Ukraine.
In the most recent Nations League games, he was not part of the Polish squad after missing the first internationals of the year in March due to Corona.
Poland has taken a clear stance on Russia since the beginning of the war of aggression against Ukraine. The national team publicly refused to play the play-off duel against Russia for one of the last three European tickets for the World Cup.
Russia was excluded a little later as until further notice, Poland entered the play-off final with a bye and secured Qatar’s starting place against Sweden.
At the World Cup, Poland will face Argentina, Saudi Arabia and Mexico in Group C.