Found October 18, 2012 on
The Football Association has refused to comment on reports that England players used sleeping pills the night before their delayed World Cup qualifier against Poland.
Roy Hodgson's side were below their best as they battled to claim a 1-1 draw in Warsaw.
The match had been delayed by a day after heavy rain waterlogged the pitch on Tuesday night.
Reports in a number of newspapers suggested that England players used tablets to allow them to get to sleep on Tuesday night following the postponement.
There were also claims the players required caffeine pills before Wednesday's 5pm kick-off, however, the FA declined to comment when contacted on Thursday.
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, who has 81 England caps, rubbished suggestions that the sleeping pills may have affected the England players' performance.
"What's all the fuss with caffeine/sleeping tablets?? Players have used them for yrs before + after games without any fuss..," he wrote on his Twitter page.
Everton skipper Phil Neville also claimed that the use of sleeping pills on the night before a match was a standard practice.
He wrote: "Throughout my career players have taken sleeping pills night be4 game and caffeine tablets day of game never been a problem in media be4."
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
The English empire continues to crumble.
In soccer, at least.
In a World Cup Qualifier that was comically rained out Tuesday because nobody had thought to close the retractable roof on Warsaw's Narodowy Stadium and so was played on Wednesday instead, Poland scuffed yet more of the sheen off England's once-glimmering reputation. The 1-1 tie frankly flattered the visitors...
England manager Roy Hodgson doubts the feasibility of playing the rearranged match against Poland on Wednesday. The original fixture at...
England boss Roy Hodgson feared his team had lost some of their spark during the 24-hour delay to their FIFA World Cup™ qualifier with Poland.
England manager Roy Hodgson remains unconcerned about his side’s ability to reach Brazil 2014 despite dropping four points in recent matches.
Friday night’s game against San Marino was a no-win situation for England and Roy Hodgson. The Three Lions came up...
The World Cup qualifier between Poland and England was postponed and moved to Wednesday because of a waterlogged pitch in Warsaw.
Heavy rain left large pools of water across the pitch at National Stadium ahead of kickoff in Tuesday's game.
Stadium officials decided not to close the retractable roof over the stadium despite the inclement forecast, and FIFA representatives decided...
The Football Association has confirmed that the stadium roof will be closed for this afternoon's World Cup qualifier between England and Poland in Warsaw.
The failure to close the roof yesterday caused huge controversy following a day-long deluge which forced the match to be postponed for 20 hours.
The roof was eventually closed after the match was called off, but opened again...