Heavy rain forces postponement of England's World Cup qualifier in Poland
Last Updated: October 17, 2012 10:53am
England's World Cup qualifier against Poland has been rescheduled for 4pm on Wednesday after heavy rain left the pitch waterlogged in Warsaw and forced the match to be postponed.
A continous downpour caused unplayable conditions at the Kazimierz Gorski Stadium, but officials took the bizarre decision not to close the retractable roof at the venue.
The Group H fixture was due to kick-off at 8pm, but it was delayed so that a number of pitch inspections could take place and referee Gianluca Rocchi finally called off the match just before 9pm amid farcical scenes.
England boss Roy Hodgson refused to criticise the stadium officials, but is hopeful the match will get the go-ahead as planned on Wednesday.
"The water is now lying on the surface and it's going to need a bit of attention if it's going to be playable tomorrow afternoon."
When asked about the roof, he told ITV: "That's something I can't answer, it's not as easy as that.
"You have to speak to the Polish authorities and go through all the rigmarole that might be necessary for them to close the roof.
"But I hope they will get it closed as quickly as possible and start to do some work on the pitch because right now the pitch is in a very poor condition.
"The water is now lying on the surface and it's going to need a bit of attention if it's going to be playable on Wednesday afternoon."
Hodgson was happy that the match could be rescheduled for the following day.
"I think it was the only decision that could be made," he said. "There're no other possibilities. You can't find dates at international level. The dates that are available are all taken up so you can't just suddenly decide we'll play it another time.
"What you have to do is to try to organise to get the game played as quickly as possible. We'll have to go back to the hotel. We're disappointed.
"We prepared well for this start tonight as no doubt the Poles have too, but now we've got to do it all over again and hopefully we'll be as prepared as we were tonight."
The England boss confirmed he will stick with the same line-up which was originally due to face the Poles.
"I'd chosen the team that I wanted to start the game and I have no intention of changing it unless someone falls ill in the meantime," he said.