The FA put foot down to ensure England would face Poland on Wednesday

Adrian Bevington: Club England managing director says FA stood firm on ensuring England play Poland on Wednesday

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The Football Association stood firm to ensure England's World Cup qualifier with Poland was rescheduled for Wednesday after the match was postponed amid farcical scenes.

Stadium authorities chose not to close the retractable roof in Warsaw, despite the heavy rain, and the game was eventually called off following two inspections of the waterlogged pitch, 45 minutes after the scheduled kick-off.

With a number of their squad due to play league matches on Friday, the Polish federation were reluctant to agree to a one-day delay and suggested a November date instead.

But England already have a friendly against Sweden next month and FIFA regulations stipulated that the fixture should be rearranged for the following day.

"We wanted to play the game tomorrow," Club England managing director Adrian Bevington said.

"Our fixture programme is full for the next 12 months. We're already here and our flight can be put back 24 hours."

When asked about the possibility of another postponement, Bevington added: "We've said to the FIFA delegates that once the rain stops we expect the roof to be closed and the groundstaff to get it into a fit and proper state for tomorrow."