1. ITV Report

England game postponed after waterlogged pitch in Poland

Roy Hodgson tests the pitch in Warsaw in heavy rain. Photo: Press Association

England's World Cup qualifier against Poland has been rearranged for 4pm tomorrow UK time after massive rainfall caused tonight's match to be postponed.

Heavy rain had been falling in Warsaw for most of the day and massive pools of water had appeared on the pitch long before the game was due to start.

The waterlogged stadium - with its roof open - in Warsaw. Credit: Press Association

Italian referee Gianluca Rocci inspected the National Stadium pitch at 9pm (8pm UK time), by which time it already seemed the cause was hopeless.

However, it was decided to wait another 45 minutes before making a final decision. Officials said it was too dangerous to close the Stadium's retractable roof.

Referee Gianluca Rocchi tests the waterlogged pitch. Credit: Press Association

In the end though, with rain continuing to fall, there was no chance of the game being played properly, with coach Roy Hodgson expressing some doubt over its fitness for the game to be played as planned tomorrow.

I'm rather hoping there'll get it (the roof) closed now as quickly as possible and start to do some work on the pitch because at moment the pitch is in very poor condition. Water is lying on the surface.

It's going to need a lot of attention if it's going to be playable tomorrow afternoon.

Roy Hodgson on the pitch before the match is officially called off. Credit: Press Association

The England boss added he was happy with the rescheduled time:

"I think it was the only decision that could be made. There are 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.

Roy Hodgson tests the Warsaw pitch. Credit: Press Association

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 tomorrow as we were tonight.

England players leave Poland's National Stadium in Warsaw after the game is called off. Credit: Press Association
Stewards chase a pitch invader across the waterlogged pitch in Warsaw as play is delayed. Credit: Press Association.