Montenegro vs England: Match Preview

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Montenegro vs England
Podgorica City Stadium
European Championship qualifier: Group G
Friday, October 6th: 20:00

Live Team Sheet

Montenegro: Mladen Bozovic, Zverotic, Djudovic, Savic, Kascelan, Vukcevic, Pekovic, Vladimir Bozovic, Beciraj, Jovetic, Vucinic.

Subs: Blazic, Jovanovic, Batak, Djalovic, Damjanovic, Cetkovic, Delibasic.

England: Hart, Jones, Terry, Cahill, Cole, Walcott, Barry, Parker, Young, Bent, Rooney.

Subs: Carson, Jagielka, Baines, Lampard, Downing, Welbeck, Zamora.


Terry demands flourishing finish

England captain John Terry is urging his teammates to finish the job and secure qualification for next summer's European Championship's against Montenegro on Friday.

Requiring just a point from their final group game, Fabio Capello's side will be looking to finish their campaign with a flourish in Podgorica.

The Three Lions needed a similar result to go their way in the final qualifying game for the 2008 finals, but fell to defeat against Croatia at Wembley, and Terry is adamant the same fate won't befall England again.

"It was devastating to be sitting there and to miss the Croatia game," he said. "I could have opted for injections. I'd just come back from a knee operation and had literally trained for two or three days. Still, to this day, I wonder, should I have said 'Sod it' and played?"

The Chelsea defender added: "Thankfully I'm here now and, like all of us, we're all fit and in good condition, playing well for our clubs, and we want to finish the job."


However, when it came to claiming a draw against Turkey in Istanbul prior to the 2004 finals, England made no mistake, and as has been shown during their qualifying campaign with Capello's men having won all their games on the road, attaining results on the road has been their forte.

"It all went off that night. It was probably one of the most hostile places I've played in," Terry added.

"It was a big occasion for myself at the time. But, when the chips are against us a bit and we needed to dig deep, we did. We tend to do that at times."

"Montenegro have proved themselves to be a good side, so it's going to be a tough test for us. We all realise that anyway with the way they've performed and got bodies behind the ball at Wembley.

"We're expecting a tough game, obviously knowing a draw's enough, but we have to go out with the mentality to win the game.

"We're playing well at the moment and if we can maintain that form, especially away from home where we've been especially good, we'll be okay."

While a win for Montenegro would put them in contention to qualify as group winners, they will still require a point against Switzerland on Tuesday to guarantee even a play-off spot, assuming that the Swiss beat Wales.

Their predicament has led to manager Branko Brnovic being forced to leave three players, Milan Jovanovic, Marko Basa and Nikola Drincic, out of his team to face England, so to keep them available for the crunch match in Basel.

"I was forced to make these changes because I can't risk all eight players being suspended for the last game," Brnovic said.

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