England’s World Cup qualifying match against Poland has been called off after torrential rain left the pitch unplayable.
The rescheduled game in Warsaw will now be played at 4pm this afternoon.
Kick-off had been delayed by 45 minutes to allow for two pitch inspections, but referee Gianluca Rocchi finally decided to postpone the match as the playing surface remained badly waterlogged.
Officials said the retractable roof on the National Stadium – a key venue for Euro 2012 – could not be closed because the wind and rain was too intense.
England manager Roy Hodgson said he was happy with the rescheduled time. “I think it was the only decision that could be made.
“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.”
It was the first time an England match had been called off due to the weather since 1979.
The decision was greeted with jeers by fans who had packed the stadium – including around 2,000 England supporters.
It seemed obvious from the initial inspection, as the ball repeatedly got bogged down in massive puddles, there was no way the match could go ahead.
It is believed the England players had changed out of their kit and were ready to leave as long as half an hour before the official decision was announced.
The only real action was a pitch invasion by two fans, who skidded across the penalty areas.
They were pursued by security staff, whose comical splashing made it obvious what was to happen.
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