England held by Montenegro

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England were dominant in the first-half but left little to silence the doubters as they let Montenegro back into the game and ended up drawing 1-1. 

Roy Hodgson's side have now failed to beat their three closest challengers in the group and last night proved once again England fail to deliver in the big games.

In the opening minutes of the match, Wayne Rooney was extremely unlucky not to score after a delicious trip rebounded back off the post. However, it was only a matter of time until Rooney made his mark as he opened the scoring after six minutes from a Steven Gerrard corner.

England should have gone on to kill the game off in the first 45 minutes with Montenegro showing nothing going forward and looking poor defensively. But, as so often with England, we lacked the killer instinct and could not produce the same performance for the whole 90 minutes.

Montenegro were a different side in the second half, and came out fighting leaving England looking shaky. Montenegro always looked like they were going to score with many chances being created. Joe Hart was making some decent saves and England were riding their luck on many occasions. 

Dejan Damjanovic eventually scored the equaliser on 76 minutes capitalising on some poor England defending from a corner.

The midfield was poor in the second half, and a substitution should have been made and an experienced player like Frank Lampard should have replaced Tom Cleverley to sure it up.

Roy Hodgson left the substitution too late and only made it once Montenegro had equalised, something needed to be done earlier to stem the attacking flow of England's conterparts. On the scale of things, a point is not a bad result as England have four games remaining in the group with three of them at home.

England will more than likely qualify for Brazil, but last nights game will not leave the fans with much optimism when it comes to winning the World Cup in 2014.


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