World Cup qualifier: Poland v England as it happened

Live text commentary as England are held to a 1-1 draw in Poland in their rearranged World Cup qualifier in Warsaw.

17 October 2012 Last updated at 18:48

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As it happened

  1. 1824: 

    Time for me to bid you farewell. It's been an extremely eventful - not to mention entertaining - international break which ended a bit later than planned in Poland because of the Warsaw weather. Was England's game worth waiting an extra day for? No, not really. Still, at least we have got the Premier League to look forward to at the weekend. Thanks for keeping me company over the last few hours - I'll see on you on Saturday.


    From Rich Newman: "Usual clueless stuff from the armchair fans on twitter who seem to think England should win every game 10-0. A point's a point, get over it!"


    From Jason in Morden: "Calm down everyone. Unbeaten, in Pole position ('scuse the pun) to qualify and a below-par performance (meaning we can get better). Difficult circumstances to play in, we got away with it. If Roy Hodgson's meant to be sacked as one person suggested, would he be the first unbeaten manager after more than 10 games to get the heave-ho?!!!"

  4. 1819: 

    England have two friendlies - away against Sweden on 11 November and at home to Brazil on 6 February - before they resume this qualifying campaign with a trip to San Marino (or wherever they stage the game) on 22 March.

    Then comes what looks like a crunch trip to their nearest rivals Montenegro on 26 March. No room for any slip-ups there.

  5. 1814: 

    A bit more from Roy Hodgson, this time explaining why he took Wayne Rooney off with 17 minutes to go.

    Hodgson said: "He scored but I don't think he was having one of his better days and was tiring."

    It's difficult to disagree with that assessment... but Rooney was not the only one looking out of sorts, was he?


    Kamila Jelonkiewicz: "Very decent match for Poles!!!! Well done! hoping for win next time."

  7. 1809: 

    Like Steven Gerrard, England boss Roy Hodgson is a lot happier with the result than his team's performance.

    "I don't think it was one of our better performances," Hodgson said. "But there are lots of factors that need to be taken into account. The pitch was soggy. It was suited to long ball game not a passing game. The extra 36 hours or so staying here in a hotel didn't help. Having said that I am pleased with point as I don't think we played well. We might find it is an important point.

    "I thought after they scored we had one our better spells. At the end I think we were closer to a 2-1 win than they were. We showed the necessary character and it gives me heart for the future as we are still unbeaten."

  8. 1805: 

    Two things we've 'learned' tonight: England still can't pass, even when they try to, and they still prefer to lump it long rather than try to play pretty football. Still, penalty shoot-outs aside, Roy Hodgson is unbeaten in 11 games as national boss. There's something positive for you...


    Jamois on Twitter: "All this talk about our players is nonsense. we have some good resources not being used. Hodgson OUT please."

    FootballPessimist on Twitter: "All those who defend Hodgson's appointment have no right to complain. This is how his teams play and England lack quality."

  10. 1802: 

    England goalkeeper Joe Hart admits his mistake from a corner led to Poland's equaliser.

    "I came out and didn't get there," Hart said. "It's my fault and that's cost us the three points. We have to believe that is a good point. The pitch wasn't great but it's the same for both teams."


    Sam Townsend on Twitter: "Shocking! No, creativity, skill, speed of thought or execution. Poor and outplayed. We dont dribble, beat a man, or pass & move."

    Toby Millington on Twitter: "England are the Stoke City of Internationals. Ordinary players, boring style, but you have to say, incredibly hard to beat."

  12. 1759: 

    England captain Steven Gerrard agrees his side performed far below their best in their draw with Poland, but he does not seem too unhappy with the result.

    "I think time will tell if it's a decent point," Gerrard said. "The lads are disappointed. We know we can play better - after taking the lead we should have seen the game out. We are disappointed. Our points tally could be a lot better but this is a tough place to come. I thought they handled the pitch a bit better than us."


    Jack Allum on Twitter: "Milner- poor, Hart- poor, Lescott poor, Rooney poor, Carrick was poor... England are terrible, shouldn't be 5th in rankings."

    Andrew Taylor on Twitter: "Too many slugs in England's midfield, all of them have the mobility of a canal barge."

    CJ on Twitter: "Gerrard looks as if he needs a mobility scooter these days,he may have the passion,but for me he no longer has the legs."


    From Stacy in Sutton: "All them England fans who came home yesterday and this morning should be grateful that they didn't have to watch that load of rubbish in the cold and wet of Warsaw. It's now time for the English fans and media to realise that we are not a good team, not by a long shot!"

  15. 1755: 

    Not too many England players had a good game tonight, did they? The defence emerges with some credit, even if their distribution was as bad as the rest of the team. James Milner put some good crosses in too, but that's about it.


    Joseph Foster on Twitter: "Zero Pace, Zero Conviction, Zero Ambition. Just like the England teams of old. A lot of average players."

    Aman Sheth on Twitter: "Well, that was a rubbish game. If England can't win against Poland, what's going to stop the top teams from trashing us."

    Catherine Foreshaw on Twitter: "Surely this can't be the best England has to offer! Another poor performance!"

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the National Stadium in Warsaw

    "Poland's supporters applaud their players at the final whistle, happy with the point that they deserved. England will be disappointed to concede but in reality they should be grateful that such a mediocre performance brought them some reward."

    Former England manager Graham Taylor, BBC Radio 5 live

    "England go back with a point but it is about winning the home games and gaining qualification. Poland were the better team today and they will feel unfortunate not to have won the game so it is a good point for England in the end.

    "Managers make decisions which they think are the right ones. Wayne Rooney scored the goal, but wasn't in the game at all. Oxlade-Chamberlain was quite threatening when he got the ball. It was an uncharacteristic error from Joe Hart and he will be unhappy with that, he doesn't make many of those."

  19. 1748: 

    England were unconvincing but they remain unbeaten in Group H, with two wins and two draws from their four games. That's enough to keep them top too, one point ahead of Montenegro.

  20. 1748: 
    FULL-TIME- Poland 1-1 England
  21. 1747: 

    England still can't pass the ball but it looks like they will be picking up a point in Poland.


    Ian Lebbern on Twitter: "Poland game is no shock; let's not forget how BAD Euros were. Couldn't pass the ball. Why don't we start with that?"

  23. 1745: 

    There will be three minutes of added time in Warsaw, where the score remains 1-1.

  24. 1744: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Poland's Ariel Borysiuk for Ludovic Obraniak

    Not such an attacking change by Poland this time. The 90 minutes are almost up and they bring on Ariel Borysiuk, a holding midfielder. Is Polish coach Waldemar Fornalik happy with a point?

  25. 1743: 

    Joe Hart might not be feeling nervous but, every time Poland get a corner, I am. Joleon Lescott gets up to head clear and, when the ball is played back into the area, Hart deals with it.

  26. 1741: 

    And another decent delivery from James Milner follows soon afterwards. This time Przemysław Tyton cuts out his low ball before it can reach Danny Welbeck.

  27. 1740: 

    England have been under the cosh a bit of late but they haven't given up on all three points either. Danny Welbeck has fared much better than Jermain Defoe when it has come to holding the ball up and this time he feeds James Milner on the right before dashing into the box, to glance a header off target. That goes down as a chance.


    From Jon in Eastleigh: "England looked better under Steve McLaren than Roy Hodgson. No imagination and far too many ordinary players like Johnson, Milner and Carrick. If we want to be on the plane to Brazil, something needs to change."

  29. 1737: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Poland's Arkadiusz Milik for Kamil Grosicki

    Another change by the Poles, with about eight minutes left. They throw on another striker, Arkadiusz Milik, for midfielder Kamil Grosicki and they want all three points here.

  30. 1737: 

    Another Poland corner, and again Kamil Glik gets on the end of it. This time, his header soars over the bar.

    If Joe Hart is feeling a bit shaky after his part in Poland's equaliser, he is not showing it, Hart just had to deal with a very tricky bobbling back-pass with Robert Lewandowski closing him down.

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the National Stadium in Warsaw

    "Poland & their supporters sensing momentum is now with them but the pace of Oxlade-Chamberlain may offer something as the game stretches."


    From Ned via text: "That is why Joe Hart has some way to go before being better than the likes of Casillas, Valdes, Neuer and Buffon."

  33. 1733: 

    It's not all one-way traffic but, while Poland's crosses are causing problems, England's final ball definitely needs to improve. They have plenty of men forward for a corner but, after Steven Gerrard plays it short to James Milner, Milner's floated delivery flies on to the roof of the net.

    Former England manager Graham Taylor, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Poland are putting a great deal of pressure on England now. The away side need to hope they get a chance on the counter-attack but it is all Poland at the moment."

  35. 1729: 

    A big shout for a Poland penalty when Phil Jagielka and Joleon Lescott combine to block a Lukasz Piszczek cross. the ball did hit Jagielka's arm but only after ricocheting off Lescott, so a penalty would have been extremely harsh.

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the National Stadium in Warsaw

    "Poland equaliser and no-one can begrudge them. Glik header as Hart stranded."


    Matthew Richardson on Twitter: "What on earth was Joe Hart doing there?! Useless!"

    Joe Blackmore on Twitter: "Every time Joe Hart pulls on an England shirt he loses all confidence. Woeful goalkeeping."

    Robert Payne on Twitter: "Hart and Lescott at fault there. Dreadful defending and no communication. Conceding at set pieces at this level is unforgivable."

  38. 1727: 
    SUBSTITUTION- England's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for Wayne Rooney

    Wayne Rooney got England's goal but otherwise he has had a night to forget. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces him, to give England's 4-5-1 formation more zip on the left flank.

    Former England manager Graham Taylor, BBC Radio 5 live

    "It is an equaliser they deserve. Joe Hart will not be happy with himself, he comes for the cross and doesn't get it. You need to be getting those and the header goes in for 1-1."

  40. 1725: 
    GOAL- Poland 1-1 England - Kamil Glik (71 mins)

    How England will regret those two misses now. Joe Hart comes to get a Poland corner but gets nowhere near it and Kamil Glik rises highest to power his header home. We are all-square, with 20 minutes left.

  41. 1723: 

    All of a sudden, England are finding some gaps in the home defence. James Milner slips Danny Welbeck clear and, although Przemyslaw Tyton is off his line sharply to stop him getting a shot away, Welbeck recovers the loose ball and advances towards goal. He looks up and finds Wayne Rooney, who scoops his shot over the bar.


    Sam Ellard on Twitter: "Now is the perfect time to bring on Welbeck, his pace will cause the Polish defenders problems."

  43. 1722: 
    SUBSTITUTION- England's Danny Wellbeck for Jermain Defoe

    Jermain Defoe will have plenty of time to dwell on that miss, from the bench. Danny Welbeck is on instead.

  44. 1721: 

    England should be 2-0 ahead. They really should. Steven Gerrard clips the free-kick over and some clever movement in the box means Jermain Defoe is in space at the back post... but skews his first-time effort off target. A real waste, that.

  45. 1719: 
    YELLOW CARD- Poland's Kamil Glik

    Very harsh this one. Jermain Defoe's cross hits the hand of Kamil Glik near the right by-line - not much he could do about that. A free-kick to England, in a dangerous position too...

  46. 1719: 
    SUBSTITUTION- Poland's Adrian Mierzejewski for Pawel Wszolek

    That challenge is Pawel Wszolek's last contribution to this game. Adrian Mierzejewski is on instead.

  47. 1718: 

    England attacks have been few and far between in this second half but, as we pass the hour mark, the visitors have just had a shout for a penalty. Pawel Wszolek got just enough of the ball as he stopped Glen Johnson in his tracks, and referee Gianluca Rocchi lets play continue.

    Former England manager Graham Taylor, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Poland are in-charge of the game but are letting themselves down with some poor touches. They haven't opened up England yet to find that gilt edged chance though."


    Cei Frampton on Twitter: "So rigid and lacklusture from England. Have to inject some pace on the wings! Bring on the Ox."

    Joe Konarski: "Would stick Andy Carroll on to hold ball up if this is the way we are going to play."

  50. 1716: 

    Lukasz Piszczek is the reason Poland have been so dangerous down England's left and he has just shown why again here, ghosting into the box to get on the end of a dropping ball and firing a first-time shot into the side-netting.

  51. 1711: 

    Yep, Wayne Rooney has dropped back to help Tom Cleverley provide Ashley Cole with some cover on the left. It's much needed, but it just means Jermain Defoe is even more isolated up front. He has been feeding on scraps tonight as it is.

  52. 1709: 

    Poland are coming forward down the right more and more now, with Lucasz Piszczek linking up well with Marcin Wasilewski and finding lots of space. So far he has not made the most of it, but Ashley Cole needs a bit more help down that flank.

  53. 1707: 

    England are struggling to clear their lines here, not helped by a scuffed clearance by Joleon Lescott. Poland are hoisting more and more crosses into the England box but, as of yet, nobody has managed to get on the end of them.


    Sam Robson on Twitter: "Usually Glen Johnson is less than useless, but he has made some fine challenges this afternoon, fair play to him."

    Tim Wozencroft on Twitter: "Glen Johnson proving he's England's best right-back."

    Former England manager Graham Taylor, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Poland have really started in top gear here. They have come out with every intention of getting an equaliser and England need to stay aware."

  56. 1703: 

    More pressure from Poland. First England struggle to clear a decent cross from the left and then, from the same flank, Ludovic Obraniak looks up and lets fly with a fierce effort from 30 yards out that Joe Hart has to help over his bar.

  57. 1701: 

    The second half starts with a big scare for England. Phil Jagielka should deal with Kamil Grosicki's low cross but he gets his feet mixed up and the ball runs into the path of Robert Lewandowski in front of goal, with only a last-ditch saving tackle from Glen Johnson preventing a Poland equaliser. Proof, if anyone needed it, that this game is a long way from being won.

  58. 1700: 
    KICK-OFF- Poland 0-1 England

    Poland get the second half under way. If the scoreline stays the same, England will move three points clear of Montenegro at the top of Group H.

  59. 1659: 

    The players are back out for the second half in Warsaw. No changes by either manager at the break.

  60. 1656: 

    One of the big questions after the way things have gone for England so far is when will Jack Wilshere be back to bolster their midfield and, er, find his team-mates now and again? The answer is soon, hopefully.

    Roy Hodgson's side were unable to pass their way out of a paper bag in the first half, but the important thing is that they lead 1-0 thanks to Wayne Rooney.

  61. 1652: 

    Injuries are always a concern when players go off to play for their country and I have some bad news for Liverpool as we near the end of this international break. Reds striker Fabio Borini will be out for THREE MONTHS with a broken foot. He sustained the injury in his side's defeat by Manchester United last month and aggravated the problem on Italian Under-21 duty last week.

    That leaves Luiz Suarez and, er, Luis Suarez as Liverpool's fit senior striker. He has been away on international duty with Uruguay and I reckon Reds boss Brendan Rodgers will wrap him up in cotton wool and/or bubble wrap for the flight home from South America.


    Paul Christie on Twitter: "Winning but the passing has been woeful. Lets just hope the coaches involved with this lot aren't involved at St.George's."

    Christopher Jones on Twitter: "Doesn't matter that England are winning. Its been a dreadful performance so far. They'll get trashed if they don't wake up."

    Haske !nc. on Twitter: "It's all too pedestrian from England."

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the National Stadium in WarsawHALF-TIME- Poland 0-1 England

    "England ahead but hardly convincing and Poland have had their moments. Still much work to be done by Roy Hodgson's side."

    Former England manager Graham Taylor, BBC Radio 5 live

    "It is a good scoreline for England. We have to give Poland credit for the start because they were the better team. England were moving the ball to slowly, even though they were keeping possession but how many times have we seen the team who have not played well, take the lead going into half-time."

  65. 1644: 
    HALF-TIME- Poland 0-1 England
  66. 1643: 

    England's problems with possession continue. Poland nick the ball back again and surge forward, and Roy Hodgson's men are grateful when Kamil Grosicki blazes wide from Robert Lewandowski's pass.

    Moments later, Poland burst through the middle again and only a last-ditch tackle by Glen Johnson stops Robert Lewandowski escaping.


    Round Up Project on Twitter: "Carrick just keeps giving the ball away. That's not the pitch to blame, that's him not thinking or looking at what he is doing."

    AFChamil on Twitter: "Carrick must be the most ineffective player the world has ever seen, his inclusion is pointless. Its like playing with 10 men."

    George Woof on Twitter: ""That's poor from Carrick". I wonder how many more times we'll hear that?"

  68. 1641: 

    If you can't pass, why not shoot? That's what Glen Johnson is thinking here when Ashley Cole's over-hit cross finds him near the right-hand corner of the Poland area. Johnson cuts inside and looks to curl one into the top corner of the net, but he is a long way off target.


    Mark Jackson on Twitter: "It's funny how Rooney and Gerrard have gone from past it to awesome in 30 seconds."

    Lee Michigan on Twitter: "Gerrard has been working hard and deserves his plaudits. Lets hope they can build on this lead."

    Alex Billington on Twitter: "People continue to have a pop at Steven Gerrard. The guy has been world class for 12 years now!!"

  70. 1639: 

    So, England have the lead but their passing remains poor to say the least. Michael Carrick has been one of the main culprits, and he cannot blame the pitch because Poland seem to be coping with it well enough.


    Alex Whittingham on Twitter on England's goal:"Defoe deserves a lot of credit for his movement to take the defender away from the post where the ball went."

  72. 1637: 
    YELLOW CARD- England's Ashley Cole

    Ashley Cole takes too long to take a throw and referee Gianluca Rocchi is over to show him a yellow card for time wasting, with five minutes of the first half to go.

  73. 1635: 

    England are not just looking to sit on their lead, though. Steven Gerrard aims for Wayne Rooney inside the box again, this time with a free-kick from out on the left. It is easily cleared but the ball falls for Tom Cleverley about 25 yards out... and his rasping low shot fizzes a few yards wide.


    Liam Stones on Twitter: "Brilliant header from Wayne Rooney."

    Rafeef El Jumaili on Twitter: "Gerrard defending, dictating and decision making! Goal for England!"

    JP Dumas on Twitter: "By the way the game has gone, it had to be a set piece for England to score. Well taken Mr Rooney."

  75. 1632: 

    Poland attempt an immediate reply, with Robert Lewandowski at the centre of things again. His poked low cross is well dealt with by Ashley Cole, however, who lets it run through to Joe Hart despite being under pressure himself.


    These two Tweets arrived moments before England scored...

    Nick Graham on Twitter: "I don't understand why Gerrard continues to be hailed as the "star player"! He hasn't been a great player for two years or more."

    Oldhippe on Twitter: "Rooney is a waste of time, he's very overated in my opinion."

    Former England manager Graham Taylor, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Rooney was completely unmarked. The Polish defence were too interested in Defoe near the goalkeeper and it was headed in well."

  78. 1629: 
    GOAL- Poland 0-1 England - Wayne Rooney (31 mins)

    Wayne Rooney has been poor in the first half hour, but that doesn't matter now. Steven Gerrard wins a corner by battling into the Poland box and he takes it too. When the ball comes across, Rooney gets on the end of it and it skids off his head, then a defender's shoulder and into the net. Not the greatest finish, but who cares?

  79. 1626: 

    Poland have had the best chances so far, and they threaten again here.

    Robert Lewandowski picks up the ball near the right-hand corner of the England area. Lewandowski shrugs off Tom Cleverley as if he wasn't there, before surging forward and firing in a cross-shot that looks dangerous but eventually flies out for a throw-in.

    Former England manager Graham Taylor, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Milner has been a threat down the right, hand side because of his abiliy to get the ball into the box, even though he doesn't always get past his man. That means the Polish defenders have to get close to him and they don't like that."

  81. 1624: 

    Better by England, at last. This time Glen Johnson and James Milner link up down the right and Milner's cross looks like it will pick out Jermain Defoe at the near post until Poland captain Marcin Wasilewski gets across to clear. Good defending.


    Kieran Innalls: "Anybody notice the sideline advert in the match? A car with 'a roof that can close in 19 seconds' Oh the irony."

  83. 1622: 

    This time Steven Gerrard does find his man, but Wayne Rooney's touch on the edge of the area is very heavy and very poor. Moments later, Rooney's control lets him down again and a promising England passing move comes to an end. Someone needs to tell him this game started 25 minutes ago.

    Former England manager Graham Taylor, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Gerrard is telling Milner he wants more movement. I will defend him for that, he is looking to play a ball up front and if there is no movement, what can he do?"

  85. 1620: 

    England definitely haven't been practicing their passing in the last 20 hours. Again a move breaks down when a simple pass goes astray, this time from Glen Johnson. And when Steven Gerrard gets the ball, he doesn't seem to have many team-mates looking to collect it from him... hence his reliance on long balls forward.

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the National Stadium in Warsaw

    "The surface in Warsaw still appears to be sluggish after its drenching but England are not helping their cause by being so tentative in possession."


    Sam Bull on Twitter: "Adam Johnson and Aaron Lennon should definitely be playing. There is just no width in this side."

    Kai Goodchild on Twitter: "Come on boys sort it out and get playing! And get Milner off he's awful."


    From Steve in London: "England have no real width with Cleverley and Milner, finding it hard to break teams down."


    Will.I.Am on Twitter: "'Carrick's given it away' what a shock."

    Zackary White on Twitter: "'Gerrard's lost it' sounds right to me."

  90. 1617: 

    So, almost 20 minutes gone and they have not gone too well for England. The score remains 0-0 but their passing has been poor. Poland have given the ball away plenty of times too, but they have been more of a threat going forward.

  91. 1613: 

    England are just not keeping hold of the ball and Poland are finding space when they come forward down both flanks. Kamil Grosicki is involved again here, as Poland come down the right and Joe Hart has to be alert to reach the ball first when it is played in towards Lucasz Piszczek inside the England box.

  92. 1611: 
    YELLOW CARD- Poland's Eugen Polanski

    This was barely a tackle, let alone a yellow card, but Eugen Polanski is in the book after barely touching Jermain Defoe. I suppose Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi might have thought Polanski was preventing a counter-attack but, even so, a booking seemed harsh.

  93. 1609: 

    Another Poland attack, with Robert Lewandowski surging forward. He feeds Pawel Wszolek down the left but his cross comes back off Phil Jagielka. The crowd appeal optimistically for a penalty, but they don't get their wish.

  94. 1608: 

    Typical. Poland's first chance follows soon after I type that last sentence.

    Kamil Grosicki gets forward down the left and keeps on running... into the box, in the hope of a return pass. The ball is played back to him too, but he rushes his first-time shot and fails to make meaningful contact.

  95. 1607: 

    We've not seen too much of Poland in England's half, but Roy Hodgson's men have had a couple of sniffs. Glen Johnson tries to find Tom Cleverley with a clipped ball into the box. Cleverley has timed his run well, but Johnson gets too much on his pass and the ball runs through to Polish keeper Przemyslaw Tyton.

  96. 1604: 

    The ball is bouncing a bit erratically in different areas of the pitch. Sometimes it sticks a bit, sometimes it zips through. Keeps everyone on their toes, doesn't it?

    BBC Sport Chief Football Writer Phil McNulty at the National Stadium in Warsaw

    "Ball seems to be moving very slowly across the surface in the early stages here in Warsaw."


    Delightfull Offender: "Expect a England to win 3-1, its only Poland not like its Spain or Germany, no real class apart from 1 player, prove your worth."

    Kyle Hughes on Twitter: "England to win 2-0, Defoe to score first. You mark my words!"

  99. 1601: 

    England's first attack. James Milner raids down the right and sends over a deep cross in the direction of Wayne Rooney of the far post. It gives Poland's defence a few problems before they clear their lines.

  100. 1559: 
    KICK-OFF- Poland v England (16:00 BST)

    England, wearing their blue away kit, get us under way.

  101. 1557: 

    The Polish fans applauded the England anthem, which is a nice touch seeing what the travelling fans have been through. That kind of thing doesn't happen often enough.

    Former England manager Graham Taylor, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Lewandowski is sharp, quick and he can score goal, there is no doubt about that. He may go five or six minutes without doing anything then he will spark into life. You have to keep your conteration and stay alert with him around."

  103. 1555: 

    The players emerge from the tunnel, to a stadium which is roughly two-thirds full. Looks like a few Polish fans were willing to miss their tea to make it to the game tonight.

    Time for the national anthems. then we will get this game going. I hope it will be worth the wait.


    Ash Richards on Twitter: "Sat in bar in north Poland.. Bar empty! Yesterday was packed with standing supporters even standing around crammed out tables."

  105. 1550: 

    And what of England's preparations after having to wait 20 hours for this game to take place? Roy is ready - and he hopes his players will be too...

    "The feeling is a bit stranger today but it is the same for both teams. We are determined to be focused," Hodgson said. "It's very unusual for games to be called off and I hope we won't be flat.

    "I was very confident yesterday that the team was looking good and I hope they can be the same today. It's important not to make any mistakes in those first 10 minutes and then you can start to impose your own play."

  106. 1548: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson has taken a close look at the pitch in Warsaw... it isn't perfect, but it is playable seems to be his pre-match verdict.

    "The pitch is an awful lot better than it was last night," Hodgson said. "There is still a bit of water, not on the top of the pitch, but if you dig your foot in it comes up slightly. They've done a good job and the pitch is perfectly playable."

  107. 1545: 

    More good news for those England supporters, whether they have been able to stay on or not - all 2,500 England fans who bought tickets and travelled to Poland will also be invited to a special England training session.

    Presumably that will take place on a pitch, rather than in a swimming pool?


    Everton midfielder Phil Neville on Twitter: "The Serbian FA should be fined/banned just for that statement they've just released!!"

  109. 1542: 

    Some good news for England's fans, after their tumultuous 24 hours, and a great gesture by the England team.

    Roy Hodgson's players and the FA will repay the ticket costs of the supporters who have stayed on in Poland to attend today's rearrranged game. The Polish FA will compensate those who had to go home.


    Mike Bell on Twitter: "Poland straightforward opponents for England. Missing their best player, so victory for England by two clear goals."

    Tom Mason on Twitter: "Obraniak to cause problems for the England defence this afternoon. Johnson will have his work cut out."

  111. 1538: 

    More than 1,500 of England's 2,500 travelling fans have stayed on in Warsaw to see this potentially crucial qualifier, which is a great effort by all of them.

    England might need their help too. Yes, Roy Hodgson's men are still top of Group H but only on goal difference ahead of Montenegro, who claimed an impressive win in Ukraine on Tuesday night. They are both on seven points, and Poland will join them on that tally if they win this game.


    Mike Rees on Twitter: "I've heard Becky Adlington is doing the keepers warm up any truth in the rumour?"

  113. 1533: 

    So, the pitch at the National Stadium in Warsaw is playable, and this match will definitely go ahead. How good will the playing surface be? We don't have to wait long to find out...

    Phil McNulty at the National Stadium in Warsaw, BBC Sport Chief Football WriterPoland v England (16:00 BST)

    "England are back at the scene of last night's deluge and manager Roy Hodgson must make sure his players are in the right frame of mind to pick up the mood right away. The roof is on and stadium is filling up. Sunshine is piercing this spectacular roof - so no rain-based jollity from the stadium DJ after his heroic "Beautiful Day" efforts last night."


    Jamie Sowter on Twitter: "The treatment received by Danny Rose was terrible, but for the Serbian FA to say there was no racism it's just condoning it."

    Drew Mahabir Goodwin on Twitter: "Last night was horrific, a real shame for the England Under-21's on what should have been a celebratory night."


    From Steve in Winchester: "Serbia seem to have deliberately passed on their chance to mitigate the damage. If there is any proof (and there must be plenty) surely UEFA and FIFA must come down full weight?"

  117. 1531: 

    The (English) Football Association has also come out to back Danny Rose, who was accused of "inappropriate, unsportsmanlike and vulgar" behaviour by the Serbian FA after reacting to racist abuse from the crowd and getting sent off.

    In the same statement, FA General Secretary Alex Horne added: "It is also clear that we must defend Danny Rose, who was sent off due to the frustration of being a target of racial abuse.

    "FA officials made UEFA officials aware of racist abuse from sections of the crowd aimed at a number of England's black players at half-time on Tuesday evening."

  118. 1528: 

    More on those unsavoury scenes in Serbia now, and the Football Association has made a statement about the incidents that took place during and after England U21 play-off in Krusevac.

    FA General Secretary Alex Horne said: "We were shocked and appalled by the disgraceful events that occurred in Serbia last night.

    "Our players and staff were subjected to racial abuse, violence as well as missiles being thrown at them throughout the match. What occurred is inexcusable and not acceptable.

    "We call on UEFA to take the strongest possible action against the Serbian FA, their supporters and anyone found guilty of being involved in the numerous instances of violence and abuse."

  119. 1523: 

    Poland are also unchanged by the way. Fifa rules allowed both managers to alter their line-ups but, like Roy Hodgson, Waldemar Fornalik has stuck with his original selection.


    From Rob in Brighton: "On a football note, this is going to be a test of mental strength. Which team coped best with the postponement, and who's better prepared. Tough game for England now."

    LINE-UPS- Poland v England (16:00 BST)

    Poland: Tyton, Piszczek, Wasilewski, Wawrzyniak, Glik, Polanski, Krychowiak, Wszolek, Grosicki, Obraniak, Lewandowski. Subs: Kuszczak, Wojtkowiak, Komorowski, Borysiuk, Murawski, Milik, Mierzejewski, Sobota, Piech, Perquis, Sobiech, Skorupski.

    England: Hart, Glen Johnson, Jagielka, Lescott, Cole, Milner, Carrick, Gerrard, Cleverley, Rooney, Defoe. Subs: Ruddy, Walker, Baines, Cahill, Shawcross, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shelvey, Lennon, Adam Johnson, Carroll, Welbeck, Forster.

    Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)

  122. 1519: 
    Poland v England (16:00 BST)

    Need a recap of what that England team news means? Here you go...

    England make six changes from Friday's 5-0 win over San Marino. Right-back Glen Johnson, centre-back Joleon Lescott and left-back Ashley Cole return to the defence.

    Captain Steven Gerrard, back from suspension, and James Milner start in midfield, while striker Jermain Defoe is restored to the attack. Kyle Walker, Gary Cahill, Leighton Baines, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck make way.

  123. 1512: 

    I'd be interested to hear your take on what happened in Serbia, the pantomime in Poland and what might happen in Warsaw this afternoon. A football match, hopefully...

    Tweet the commentary using the hashtag #bbcfootball or text the commentary using 81111. Make sure you put your name on those texts, though, because I can't use them otherwise.

  124. 1506: 

    The Serbian FA have responded to those accusations by denying there was any racism towards the England Under-21 team.

    They blame England's Danny Rose, who was sent off late on for reacting to the crowd, for clashes at the end of the game because of "inappropriate, unsportsmanlike and vulgar" behaviour.

    The Serbian FA also say there was a "spirit of fair play on the pitch and in the stands".

  125. 1501: 

    But Tuesday was a pretty eventful night of international football all round, and not always for the right reasons. As well as Sweden's stunning comeback from 4-0 down with 30 minutes to go to draw 4-4 with Germany, there were some unsavoury scenes at the end of England Under-21s' Euro 2013 play-off win over Serbia.

    Fans ran on to the pitch and scuffles broke out as England celebrated a 1-0 win and Euro 2013 qualification.

    And England defender Danny Rose said he was subjected to monkey chants throughout the game, starting in the warm-up.

    The Football Association has reported "a number" of racist incidents to European governing body Uefa.

    "There was a lot of racist abuse out there from the stands and a lot going on after the game," Rose's team-mate Jordan Henderson said.

  126. 1458: 

    Last night's weather played havoc with England fans' travelling plans, not just the football.

    About 1,000 England supporters (from a total of 2,500 who made the trip) are believed to have stayed on in Warsaw for the rearranged game, with the remainder left to chase compensatrion from the Polish FA.

    The question was asked a million times last night, but I still haven't heard the answer - why didn't they close the roof beforehand?

  127. 1453: 
    Poland v England (16:00 BST)

    BREAKING: As he promised last night, England boss Roy Hodgson has named the same line-up as he did for the original fixture. His team will line up as follows:

    Hart, Johnson, Cole, Gerrard, Jagielka, Lescott, Milner, Carrick, Defoe, Rooney, Cleverley.

  128. 1451: 

    The weather in Warsaw today? Bright sunshine. That roof will come in handy, then.

    Not quite sure how the pitch is shaping up yet but it is definitely a LOT dryer than it was last night, which isn't difficult seeing as most of it was under water a few hours ago.

    Let's just hope the ball bounces AND rolls when the referee carries out his pre-match pitch inspection. It did neither last night, of course.

  129. 1448: 

    Hello, shouldn't you be doing some work? You do have a very good excuse, though...

    The roof at the National Stadium in Warsaw is closed and England's World Cup qualifier with Poland is set to go ahead at 16:00 BST. Only 20 hours late, too.

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