Poland vs. England match called off due to waterlogged Warsaw pitch

The World Cup qualifier was postponed due to heavy rain after stadium officials decided not to close the roof.

The World Cup qualifier between Poland and England in Group H has been called off due to several hours of non-stop rain in Warsaw.

Heavy rain had been forecast during the day but Polish authorities decided against closing the roof of the National Stadium, while the downpour and intense winds have prevented the roof being closed since the weather became so treacherous.

Roy Hodgson’s men were coming into the game on the back of seven points from their opening three games of the qualification stage, while the home side has four points from the first two outings.

The match itself was due to kick-off at 8 p.m. local time, but after an initial delay the referee proceeded to test the pitch’s state by throwing a ball to the ground in various areas, but each time the bounce was minimal.

FIFA stated its determination to get the match going at some point on the night, but after a further pitch inspection at 8:45 p.m. it was decided play could not go ahead.

The match has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. local time on Wednesday despite Poland’s reported unwillingness to have it played so soon.

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