England game in doubt in Warsaw

Congleton Guardian: England's match against Poland in Warsaw is in danger of being postponed England's match against Poland in Warsaw is in danger of being postponed

England's World Cup qualifier against Poland in Warsaw was in danger of being postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

Heavy rain on Tuesday afternoon and in the early evening rain left large pools of water straddled across the National Stadium.

The decision on whether the match will go ahead has been delayed until 9.45pm local time (8.45 BST), confirmed a message on the stadium's scoreboard.

Players from both sides found it virtually impossible to pass the ball when warming up ahead of the Group H encounter.

Under FIFA rules, it has to be attempted to replay the game within 24 hours should such a postponement occur.

Club England managing director Adrian Bevington said the pitch in its current state did not look safe for the players.

"Obviously we've been in there with the referee and the delegate and other officials from the Polish federation and we're waiting until 9.45 until the next inspection - that will be the second inspection," he said on ITV1.

"The referee clearly has looked at the pitch in its current condition and it certainly doesn't look playable - understatement - in the current condition, but we've got to be guided by the officials in the end. They have to determine this."

Bevington said the squad would be ready to play on Wednesday if necessary.

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