Stoke City: Tony Pulis left stunned by England vs Poland postponement as Ryan Shawcross waits in Warsaw
STOKE boss Tony Pulis admits he was flabbergasted by the postponement of England's World Cup qualifier in Poland last night – but isn't unduly worried about any disruption for Ryan Shawcross ahead of his return to Old Trafford on Saturday.
Shawcross and the rest of the England squad have been forced to remain in Poland for an extra day after several hours of rainfall left the pitch unplayable at the Stadion Narodowy here in Warsaw.
The game is due to be re-staged at 5pm local time today after the Polish authorities controversially failed to close the retractable roof on their recently-built national stadium.
Pulis, who was tuning in just in case Shawcross made his long-awaited senior England debut, admits to sharing the frustration of millions of fellow TV viewers.
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"I hadn't watched the build-up and just switched on to see the kick-off," he explained, "and couldn't believe what I was seeing.
"You can't believe that if they have a roof and the rain is coming down they haven't prepared for it.
"But you can't do anything about it now and I've got no worries about Ryan ahead of Saturday."
He hopes Shawcross will arrive back in England tonight and be able to report in as normal for training tomorrow afternoon.
"We're training in the afternoon rather than the morning, so that gives him a bit of extra time," said Pulis.
"In the old days they used to play internationals on the Wednesday anyway, so it's nothing new really.
"And with Saturday in mind, I suppose you could look at it we've got one player out there and United have got four."
STOKE duo Marc Wilson and Jonathan Walters enjoyed a more profitable evening as they both scored in the Republic of Ireland's 4-1 win in the Faroe Islands.