Soccer: Poland-England match off due to waterlogged pitch

Heavy rain in Warsaw forced the postponement of Poland's 2014 World Cup qualifier against England.

With the pre-match deluge leaving the pitch waterlogged officials had no option but to call it off after a number of inspections.

The game will now be played back at the Kazimierz Gorski Stadium on Wednesday (early Thursday NZT).

England manager Roy Hodgson said it was disappointing.

"It's disappointing because we had prepared well for this evening not to say the Poles hadn't either," he told ITV.

"I had no idea the conditions were as bad as this as I had been in my hotel room.

"I guess it is up to the people who run the stadium as to whether to close the roof before the game. They will be feeling pretty sore, and also they will pay a price as I don't know how many fans will come back on a Wednesday afternoon to watch the game."

Hodgson, who will have been relieved that one of their main rivals in the group Ukraine lost 1-0 at home to Montenegro on Tuesday, said that even closing the roof when the game came under threat would not have been enough to save the match.

"Well with all the rigmarole you have to go through to get the roof closed I don't think it would have been done in time.

"However, I hope they close it now as the pitch needs a lot of time to recover as it is unplayable at the moment."

-AFP

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