Date:Wednesday October 17 2012
Last night was always going to be an eventful night for Phil Jagielka, playing in in the country where his Grandparents were born.
It was always likely to be an emotional night for the Evertonian, who was looking forward to playing in Poland for the first time.
'My grandparents on my dads side were from Poland. They came over to England via Africa during the War and settled here, so it will be interesting.' he told The Echo.
He added: 'With the Euros being out in Poland and Ukraine, I had the opportunity to go back over there and see a bit of their culture, but Ive never played against Poland or ever played in Poland so it will be nice to get some game time.
'You never know, but it will be a very special occasion for me to play in Poland.'
But in the end it ended up being a frustrating and farcical evening for Jags and his international team-mates.
As expected Leighton Baines was dropped for Ashley Cole, but the Chelsea left-back will still have to wait for his 99th England cap, because, despite the state of the art stadium in Warsaw, complete with roof, something we didn't manage with the new Wembley, last nights World Cup qualifier against Poland was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch!
Whoever was in charge of the decision over whether or not the roof should be closed, be it Poland, England, FIFA, UEFA the stadium management they left it too late.
It had been closed throughout the summer for European Championships, but with it raining heavily in Poland throughout the day they decided to keep the roof open. By the time kick off had come around the pitch was waterlogged and the rain was too heavy and the wind was too strong to close the roof.
FIFA delayed making a decision about the game for well over an hour, despite no ground staff making any attempt to clear the water and eventually announced that the game would go ahead today at 4pm UK Time. Which of course is useless to any travelling supporters who bought tickets and arranged flights based on the game being played last night.
England coach Roy Hodgson is expected to announce an unchanged line-up this afternoon, so Jags will get his second chance at playing in Poland later.
The game for UK readers remains on ITV1, with the afternoon kick-off conveniently not clashing with the live episode of Emmerdale much to the relief of wives up and down the country.
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Date:Wednesday October 17 2012
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