Montenegro v England - Match Preview

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Montenegro v England; 2014 World Cup Qualifier Group H, Podgorica City Stadium; Tuesday 26th March; 20:00 KO


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Roy Hodgson, due to a number of injuries, will most likely stick with the centre-back partnership of Chris Smalling and Joleon Lescott for the crunch fixture tonight. 

Several players are expected to return to the starting line-up after sitting out the 8-0 win over San Marino, with Steven Gerrard, Ashley Cole, James Milner and Danny Welbeck all in contention.

Hodgson’s biggest selection issue is who will partner Gerrard in the heart of midfield, with Michael Carrick and Scott Parker the two main contenders.

Montenegro boss Branko Brnovic will be without suspended Milorad Pekovic after being sent off in their last outing against Moldova.

Brnovic will be relying on their two star names up front, Juventus' Mirko Vucinic and Fiorentina's Steven Jovetic, to do the damage.


Roy Hodgson insists England won't settle for a draw

England manager Roy Hodgson has stated that England 'don't play for draws' ahead of the crucial World Cup qualifier against Montenegro.

The Three Lions are in high spirits after their 8-0 mauling of minnow San Marino on Friday night, and are expected to make changes to that team for the crunch game in Podgorica this evening.

Even though England are second in the group, Hodgson insists that his side will be playing for the win away from home.

"I'm aware of the importance of all qualifying games, we intend to win," he said, according to The Daily Express.

"We're in good spirits, our form is good. We are here to play and I think we'll play well.

"We have attacking qualities and will be trying to use them. We don't play for a draw."

Hodgson was hitting back after recent comments by Montenegro boss Branko Brnovic, who claimed that the Three Lions are 'scared'. 

England captain Steven Gerrard has insisted that they know that they will be in for a tough game, but believe they are capable of taking all three points and moving to the top of Group H. 

"These are the big game you look forward to as a player, it will be a tough game, a decisive game and we are looking forward to it," he said, the paper claims.

"Montenegro are littered with good players and it will be tough. If we play at our level, we are capable of getting three points." 

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