And there was further disappointment for our young midfielder as he was left on the bench as an unused substitute in the 2-1 Group Five defeat at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.
Wales started well with a goal from Nathan Blake in the 13<sup>th</sup> minute. Poland levelled on the half-hour through Emmanuel Olisadebe before Ryan Giggs missed a sitter from six yards.
That proved the turning point as Poland went on to grab the winner via Pawel Kryszalowicz 18 minute from time.
Simon could now come into the picture for Wednesday’s match against Sergei Rebrov’s Ukraine with Robbie Savage injured.
Boss Mark Hughes said: “It looks now as if our chances have gone, but we can take great credit from the last five games. There are young players coming through and the future looks bright.
“We have another very hard game on Wednesday in Ukraine and we have to re-group and do our best.”
Meanwhile, in Group One, our summer signing Goran Bunjevcevic came on as a late substitute in Yugoslavia’s 1-1 draw against Russia. That result left Yugoslavia struggling in fourth. They face the Faroe Islands on Wednesday.
Simon Davies’ lingering dreams of playing in the World Cup finals at the age of 22 were ended by Wales’ defeat against Poland on Saturday.