England's World Cup Qualifying clash against Poland has been delayed due to heavy rain. The ground at the National Stadium in Warsaw has a retractable roof, which still has not been closed as the rain continues to pour in Poland. The tie was expected to take place at 8pm (GMT) but large pools of water have formed on the playing surface as 50,000 fans sit by waiting for an official announcement as to whether the game is going to go ahead. Players from both sides found it virtually impossible to pass the ball when warming up ahead of the Group H encounter, which, if postponed, will be rescheduled within 24 hours, according to FIFA rules. Thousands of England fans face travel chaos should the game be rescheduled for tomorrow, with flight and accommodation plans being thrown into disarray. Should the game be abandoned it would be an enormous embarrassment to FIFA given all the media attention lavished upon one of its centerpiece competitions. It is understood that authorities are doing all they can for play to take place later on this evening. An official announcement is expected at 8.45 (GMT). More follows.
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Joseph is an accredited football journalist and has interviewed nearly all of the current 20 Barclay's Premier League managers. He is also a correspondent for Bleacher Report and has written for Caught Offside and Give Me Football.