FT: Poland 1 England 1

The result takes England one point clear of Montenegro at the top of Group H, having played a game more, while Poland are also unbeaten and it is still wide open going into the remaining games. Thanks for following the commentary and stay with Sky Sports for all the reaction.

Neither team is able to find a winner in a frenetic final minute or so and the full-time whistle goes. England must be satisfied with a 1-1 draw away from home against perhaps their sternest challengers in the group, but having taken the lead they will feel an opportunity has been missed.

Three minutes of stoppage time have been signalled and there is plenty of urgency about both teams, on a pitch which has not been ideal but has stood up well to 90 minutes of football.

Obraniak receives a standing ovation from the crowd as he goes off to be replaced for the final couple of minutes by Borysiuk, who is more of a holding midfielder.

Tyton does brilliantly to hang on to a firm cross from Milner along the six-yard area as Welbeck waits, hoping to seize on the ball if it breaks loose.

Welbeck gets a head on Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross but his glancing blow is not enough to direct the ball on target.

Poland look the likeliest winners at the moment and they are being roared on by a passionate home crowd.

Poland make another change and it is an attacking one, as highly-rated young striker Milik replaces the impressive Grosicki.

Both teams are pushing for a winner and there are sure to be further chances in the final ten minutes, as Jagielka is pressed into a heavy back-pass to Hart and the keeper has to take a touch before clearing.

Milner wastes the opportunity to send over a threatening delivery as his cross flies over the bar and drops on the roof of the net.

Obraniak's cross nearly turns into the perfect shot and Hart has to be on his guard to tip the ball over the crossbar and out for a corner.

Poland scream for a penalty after Lescott's block ricochets onto the hand of Jagielka, but it was clearly not deliberate and the referee is not fooled.

The arrival of Oxlade-Chamberlain has provided England with the spark they needed after being pegged back to 1-1, and there is a very open feel to the game right now.

Oxlade-Chamberlain quickly makes an impression as he digs out a cross from the right wing which is aimed in the direction of a diving Welbeck, but Tyton and Wasilewski manage to get the ball out of play between them for a corner.

Rooney may have scored England's goal but he has not had a great game and Hodgson makes the decision to bring him off and introduce Oxlade-Chamberlain.

GOAL Poland have the equaliser they surely deserve, and Hart is left looking rather foolish as he comes out to try and punch clear Obraniak's corner but Glik gets there first, ahead of Lescott, to head in a leveller for Poland.

Milner races clear down the right and England have four versus three in attack. He slides in Welbeck, who is forced wide by Tyton but manages to pick out Rooney. The chance goes begging, though, as Rooney blasts his shot wide.

Defoe has been far too isolated up front and he is now withdrawn as Hodgson brings on Welbeck for the closing stages.

Gerrard takes the free-kick and Defoe is presented with a decent sight of goal, but he lashes his effort wide.

Glik is shown a yellow card following a handball in midfield, as England relieve the pressure by winning a free-kick.

Poland make their first substitution, as Wszolek makes way for Mierzejewski.

England appeal for a penalty as Johnson bursts into the box before going down under a somewhat clumsy challenge by Wszolek, but their shouts fall on deaf ears.

Piszczek, who is at the centre of everything, gets a shot away from the right-hand corner of the area that has Hart scrambling as it rifles into the side-netting.

Another cross from Piszczek causes problems in the England box and Obraniak is presented with a chance to shoot from the edge of the area, but his effort crashes straight into Cole.

Poland continue to concentrate their efforts down the right-hand side and Cleverley urges Rooney to help him out in trying to contain Pizczek.

The onus is certainly on Poland to commit more men to attack as they are the home team and trailing 1-0, and England seem content to just sit back at the moment and wait for opportunities on the break.

Piszczek is a talented player going forward and he again links up well with Obraniak, but Poland cannot quite supply Lewandowski with the final killer pass.

England's midfielders are having to work hard defensively, with Cleverley and Milner tracking back to help out their full-backs and snuff out the threat of Grosicki.

Obraniak forces Hart into action with a powerful strike from distance which the keeper gets a strong palm on to send the ball looping out of play for a corner.

Rooney chases a long pass and holds the ball up for his team-mates to join him in attack, but England fail to make the most of the opportunity as Defoe makes poor contact with his final shot.

Jagielka makes a mess of his clearance following Piszczek's cross from the right and the ball nearly drops for Lewandowski, but Johnson stays alert to deal with the danger.

Poland get us started in the second half, and there have been no changes from either side at the break.

The half-time whistle goes without even a second of stoppage time and England will be delighted to go into the interval with a 1-0 lead. The performance has not been great and Poland have posed problems, but Hodgson's men have at least defended well and took the chance that came their way when Rooney headed in Gerrard's corner.

England are nearly sliced open through the middle but Johnson shows good pace to track back and get a crucial touch on the ball before Lewandowski and knock it back to Hart.

Lewandowski plays in Grosicki with a clever chipped pass but the winger pokes his shot narrowly wide from the inside-right channel.

Johnson cuts inside on to his left foot but blazes his effort high and wide from outside the area.

Milner has switched temporarily to the left wing as England go in search of a second goal before the interval.

Lescott does well to get his head on a threatening Polish cross as Lewandowski lurks behind him and deflect the ball out for a corner.

Too many passes are still going astray from England in midfield and that is allowing Poland opportunity to mount attack after attack, although so far they have failed to capitalise on territorial advantage. Meanwhile, Cole receives a booking for taking too long over a throw-in.

Cleverley tries his luck with a shot from the edge of the area. It is well struck and travels through a sea of bodies, but unfortunately for England it is just the wrong side of the post.

Poland almost respond immediately as the ball breaks free in the England area, but Lewandowski is not quite able to pounce and Hart is able to gather.

GOAL Rooney gives England a scarcely deserved lead from Gerrard's corner as he beats his defender in the air. There is an element of fortune about the goal, though, as the ball appears to come off his head and then his shoulder, before also glancing Piszczek, on its way past Tyton.

Gerrard turns Wasilewski inside the Poland area following a better passage of play from England, but Piszczek is covering back and makes the tackle.

Lewandowski gets on the ball in a dangerous area for the first time in the game and that should spell trouble for England, but he blasts his effort so far wide from a tight angle that it goes out for a throw-in.

Milner combines nicely with Johnson down the right before putting in a low cross towards Defoe at the near post, but Wasilewski shows good discipline to stay with his striker and make a good block.

The pitch may be playing a part but there is a lack of quality in the final ball at both ends, as Wszolek swings in a cross that goes straight out of play.

Gerrard is beginning to get into some decent positions and he picks up possession 20 yards from goal and lets fly with a shot that is blocked by Wasilewski.

England are seeing plenty of the ball just at the moment but their movement has been slow and it is Poland who are looking the sharper of the two sides.

Gerrard releases Rooney down the left with a diagonal pass but again he cannot pick out Defoe in the centre and Tyton makes a routine catch from his wayward cross.

Defoe has been starved of service so far and Rooney's pass forward on this occasion is too heavy as Tyton comes off his line to comfortably pluck the ball out of the air.

England have been second best during the opening stages and are trying to just keep possession at the moment in midfield to gain a foothold in the game.

Jagielka clears inside his own area under pressure from Lewandowski, and the referee blows his whistle for a foul on the England man.

Poland press forward down the right once again and Piszczek delivers a menacing cross, but Hart stays alert and springs off his line to intercept.

Polanski becomes the first player to go into the book following an innocuous-looking foul on Defoe, although it did halt a potentially dangerous counter-attack.

There are appeals for a penalty, from the crowd at least, as Wszolek's attempted cross crashes straight into Jagielka. The hosts think it may be handball, but the referee waves play on and replays show it was probably a correct decision.

Glik does well to deliver a low cross from the left wing and Grosicki is free in the area as he decides to shoot with a first-time effort, which is scuffed and does not pose a threat to Hart's goal.

Grosicki nearly catches England's defence napping with his speed down the right as Poland try to force the pace in the first few minutes.

The early news on the pitch is that the ball is travelling across the turf fairly well, while if it bounces it tends to die a bit rather than skid through quickly.

Poland keeper Tyton, starting in place of the injured Szczesny, rushes off his line to gather the ball before Defoe can latch on to Cleverley's ambitious pass.

Milner embarks on a strong run down the wing and sends over a cross from the right to the back post which Rooney connects with forcefully, but it is charged down by a Poland defender.

Cleverley is dispossessed in midfield early on and Piszczek drives forward down the right, before running into trouble in the shape of Cole.

At one stage last night it looked like it might never happen, but England finally get the game kicked off 20 hours later than scheduled.

The ground looks about two-thirds full at the moment and there is a good atmosphere under the roof as the teams come out for the national anthems.

It has been a long wait but we are now just a quarter of an hour or so away from kick-off and finding out how the pitch will play. There are some muddy-looking patches just from the warm-up so it is bound to be less than perfect, but let us hope it does not detract from the spectacle.

Skipper Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole will make their 100th international appearances in Warsaw, while Phil Jagielka and Joleon Lescott line up in a new-look central defence following the recent retirement of John Terry. Jermain Defoe is back to lead the line despite Danny Welbeck's brace against San Marino, and Tom Cleverley and Michael Carrick have crucial roles in the middle of the pitch.

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.

Premier League managers are sure to be unhappy with this game taking place a day later than scheduled as it will be even later before they get their players back ahead of a return to domestic duty at the weekend. There are three Manchester City players in England's starting XI, along with three from Manchester United, so you can only imagine the reaction of Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini to last night's postponement.

A couple of matches did go ahead in Group H last night, with the most interesting result coming in Ukraine as Montenegro pulled off a surprise 1-0 win. England are therefore level with Montenegro on seven points from three games ahead of kick-off here, while Poland have collected four points from two matches, so this is a great chance for the Three Lions to take control of the group as well as measure their progress under Roy Hodgson.

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.

England manager Roy Hodgson expressed concern about the pitch last night and also admitted it would be a challenge to get his players mentally ready for a second time. Hodgson had already named his team before the washout and there have been no changes overnight, so Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson will be among six players drafted back in following Friday's victory over San Marino.

The roof will be closed for today's match and the word is that, following hard work by the ground staff, the pitch has recovered fairly well from Tuesday's deluge. The roof was eventually closed after the match was called off, but opened again earlier today to take advantage of the bright and sunny conditions in an attempt to dry the playing service. Meanwhile, the Polish FA will refund travelling fans' unused tickets for the rescheduled game, with many unlucky supporters having to return to England.

Please get in touch with your views and predictions at Lewis.Rutledge@bskyb.com or via Twitter @SkySportsLewis. First, a quick recap of Tuesday's events, and an hour after the scheduled kick-off a decision was finally taken to postpone the match until today due to a waterlogged pitch after heavy rain had left large puddles on the playing surface and must have made fans wonder if they had turned up at the National Stadium for football or swimming. Such things can happen but the joke in this instance is that there is a retractable roof which was left open for some inexplicable reason.

Good afternoon and welcome (back) to our minute-by-minute commentary on the latest weather in Warsaw. Sorry, that should be England's World Cup qualifier against Poland. After the soggy shambles of yesterday, we are here for take two of what is, lest we forget, a vital game for both sides on the road to Brazil.


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