Lukasz Fabianski admits the race for the Poland No 1 spot has become increasingly intense due to the depth of quality within the country.

The 28-year-old is already competing with Wojciech Szczesny at both club and international level, while Artuc Boruc and Przemyslaw Tyton have also played over the past year.

Southampton goalkeeper Boruc is expected to start against England at Wembley on Tuesday night, but Fabianski says his rivals are pushing him hard.

It is a really competitive group of goalkeepers and you have to work really hard

Lukasz Fabianski

“With some goalkeepers it changes pretty quickly because for example, one year ago Artur Boruc wasn't in the team at all because of the fight he had with the coach,” he told Arsenal Player. “Then when they sacked the coach, he was immediately back in the team.

“Then some other guys lost their place, like the guy from the European Championship, Tyton, and now he is completely out of the team.

“You also have Wojciech, who was No 1 for the European Championship and then got red carded in the opening game and from that moment he has not really played [regularly] in the national team.

“Me, I have not been with the national team for more than a year. I would love to be back but obviously that is up to me playing games for my club.

“It is really competitive - we have plenty of goalkeepers. Even those who are not playing regularly, they have the quality to be in the national team. It is a really competitive group of goalkeepers and you have to work really hard. There are five or six of us who are on a good quality level.”

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Rob Kelly 14 Oct 2013