Skipper hails 'keeper as he gets first call-up at international level
Bartosz Bialkowski has been called up to the Polish senior squad for the first time in his career.
Poland manager Adam Nawalka, who was at Portman Road to watch Bart against Burton in February, phoned the Blues ‘keeper on Thursday to break the news that the he was in the squad for upcoming friendlies against Nigeria and South Korea.
Bart was named Town’s Supporters’ Player of the Year the last two seasons, and has represented his country on six occasions at U20 level but is yet to earn a cap for the senior side.
The 30-year-old was watched by Poland’s goalkeeping coach, Jaroslaw Tkocz, in Tuesday night’s win over Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.
“Bart has been awesome for us. He’s a god around here,” Town skipper Luke Chambers writes in his column in Saturday’s matchday programme.
“He should be playing in the Premier League really. I know he’s had his suitors and you’d expect that.
“If he makes it into the squad for the World Cup then it will be fantastic for him and for the Club.
“If he does go, it won’t be as a token gesture either. He has the ability to have a chance of playing for them.”
Poland take on Nigeria in Wroclaw on Friday, March 23 before travelling to Chorzow to face South Korea the following Tuesday.