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Friday, 11 October 2013
World Cup 2014 UEFA Group H qualification match

 
England 4 Montenegro 1 [0-0]
 

The National Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Kick-off (BST): 8.00pm

Attendance: 83,807

93 minutes 45:15 & 48:07 Stevan Jovetić kicked-off
[0-0] Wayne Rooney rebounded shot hits post 39:41  
[1-0] Wayne Rooney 48 47:56
 
6-yard left-footed strike underneath the keeper after Welbeck's strike is saved
[2-0] Branko Bošković own gl 62 61:21
 12 yard miscued clearance from a Welbeck cross

[3-1] Andros Townsend 78 77:31
 retrieved the ball outside centre-circle and unleashed a right-footed shot from 22 yds
[4-1] Daniel Sturridge penalty 93 92:22
 
right-footed placed strike towards the right as the keeper went to the left
(Kecojević fouled Sturridge 91:37)




[2-0] Stevan Jovetić 30-yd strike hits crossbar

[2-1] Dejan Damjanović
71 70:50
Bećiraj's shot from 20 yards is redirected in by Damjanović from 12 yds
Match Summary
England Squad

Montenegro Squad


Kyle Walker
55
54:03
Savo Pavićević 50 49:32
Vladimir Volkov
53 52:46
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley with Andy Townsend
 

Match Summary

Officials from Spain

England

Type

Montenegro

Referee (sky blue) - Alberto Undiano Mallenco
40 (8 October 1973), Pamplona, FIFA listed 2004.

Assistant Referees - Raúl Cabañero Martínez, 32 (29 August 1981), and Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar, 37 (29 April 1976).
Fourth official - Carlos Clos Gómez, 41 (30 June 1972), Zaragoza, FIFA-listed 2009.

Referee Observer - Vaclav Krondl, Czech Republic
UEFA Delegate - Martin Sturkenbom, Netherlands

22 Goal Attempts 8
12 Attempts on Target 2
1 Hit Bar/Post 1
14 Corner Kicks Won 0
3 Offside Calls Against 4
8 Fouls Conceded 12
60.6% Possession 39.4%

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (12 Sept 2013) 17th
EFO ranking Group 1 (2nd)
ELO rating 6th
Colours: The Nike 2013 home uniform - White crew neck jerseys with navy blue collar, blue shorts, white socks with thin blue tops.
Capt: Steven Gerrard,
(31st (38) captaincy (4))
Wayne Rooney, 87th minute.
Manager: Roy Hodgson, 66 (9 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
21st match, W 12 - D 8 - L 1 - F 48 - A 18.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 26
175 days
19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 36 28 GA
2 Walker, Kyle A. 23
136 days
28 May 1990 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 9 0
Walker cautioned in the 55th min for a foul, after grabbing Jovetic's arm, inspiring the Montenegran to fall to the ground. Suspended.
3 Baines, Leighton J. 28
304 days
11 December 1984 LB Everton FC 20 1
the 163rd player to reach this milestone
4 Gerrard, Steven G., off 87th min. 33
134 days
30 May 1980 RDM Liverpool FC 106 20
5 Cahill, Gary J. 27
296 days
19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 19 2
6 Jagielka, Philip N. 31
55 days
17 August 1982 CD Everton FC 22 1 1
1197 7 Townsend, Andros D., off 80th min. 22
87 days
16 July 1991 RM Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 1
the 71st Hotspur player to represent England
8 Lampard, Frank J., off 65th min. 35
113 days
20 June 1978 LDM Chelsea FC 101 29
(9
2)
9 Sturridge, Daniel A. 24
40 days
1 September 1989 CF Liverpool FC 7 2 1
74th penalty kick scored, sixth in-a-row
10 Rooney, Wayne M. 27
352 days
24 October 1985 AM Manchester United FC 85 37 (1)
11 Welbeck, Daniel N.T.M. 22
319 days
26 November 1990 LM Manchester United FC 19 8
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 2 Montenegro 0
16 Carrick, Michael, on 65th min. (64:22) for Lampard 32
75 days
28 July 1981 LDM Manchester United FC 30 19 0
11
the 104th player to reach this milestone
scoreline: England 3 Montenegro 1
19 Wilshere, Jack A.G., on 80th min. (79:18) for Townsend 21
283 days
1 January 1992 RM Arsenal FC 11 8 0
3
17 Milner, James P., on 87th min. (86:35) for Gerrard 27
280 days
4 January 1986 RDM Manchester City FC 42 25 1
17
result: England 4 Montenegro 1

unused substitutes:

12-Chris Smalling, 13-John Ruddy, 14-Kieron Gibbs, 15-Phil Jones, 18-Ross Barkley, 20-Jermain Defoe, 21-Rickie Lambert, 22-Fraser Forster.

records:

England have now gone eighteen qualification matches unbeaten (W11 D7).
 
4-2-3-1 Hart -
Walker, Jagielka, Cahill, Baines -
Gerrard
(Milner), Lampard (Carrick) -
Townsend
(Wilshere), Rooney, Welbeck -
Sturridge.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27 years 218 days Appearances/Goals 38.6 8.9

 

Montenegro Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (12 Sept 2013) 27th
EFO ranking n/a
ELO rating 49th to 52nd
Colours: Made by Legea - Red crew neck jerseys with yellow collar/left shoulder stripes/hem, red shorts with yellow trim, red socks with yellow tops.
Capt: Stevan Jovetić Manager: Branislav Brnović, 46 (8 August 1967), appointed 8 September 2011.
17th match, W 6 - D 6 - L 5 - F 25 - A 23.
Montenegro Lineup
1 Poleksić, Vukašin R. 31
42 days
30 August 1982 G Debreceni VSC, Hungary 24 0
2 Pavićević, Savo, off 57th min. 32
304 days
11 December 1980
in Lovćenac, Yugoslavia
RB Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC, Israel 35 0
Pavićević cautioned in the 50th min for a foul, after he tripped a sprinting Danny Welbeck just outside the centre-circle.
6 Kecojević, Ivan 25
184 days
10 April 1988 CD Gaziantepspor, Turkey 3 0
21 Savić, Stefan 22
276 days
8 January 1991 CD ACF Fiorentina SpA, Italy 24 2
4 Jovanović, Milan 30
82 days
21 July 1983
in Čačak, Yugoslavia
LB FK Crvena zvezda, Serbia 34 0
17 Zverotić, Elsad 27
345 days
31 October 1986 RM Fulham FC, England 42 4
18 Drinčić, Nikola 29
34 days
7 September 1984
in Belgrade, Yugoslavia
RDM no club 31 3
23 Bošković, Branko 33
112 days
21 June 1980
in Bačka Topola, Yugoslavia
LDM SK Rapid Wien, Austria 25 1
the 47th own goal scored for England
5 Volkov, Vladimir, off 72nd min 27
127 days
6 June 1986
in Belgrade, Yugoslavia
LM FK Partizan, Serbia 10 0
Volkov cautioned in the 53rd min for a dissent, after complaining about Boskovic's trip on Frank Lampard
8 Jovetić, Stevan, off 81st min. 23
343 days
2 November 1989 AM Manchester City FC, England 29 10
14 Damjanović, Dejan 32
76 days
27 July 1981
in Mostar, Yugoslavia
CF FC Seoul, Korea Republic 20 6
Montenegro Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Montenegro 0
11 Bećiraj, Fatos, on 57th min (56:42) for Pavićević 25
159 days
5 May 1988
in Peć, Yugoslavia
RF NK Dinamo Zagreb, Croatia 22 3
scoreline: England 2 Montenegro 1
7 Vukcević, Simon, on 72nd min. (71:26) for Volkov 27
255 days
29 January 1986 LM FK Vojvodina Novi Sad, Serbia 43 3
most apps
scoreline: England 3 Montenegro 1
22 Kasalica, Filip, on 81st min (80:31) for Jovetic 24
298 days
17 December 1988
in Užice, Yugoslavia
AM FK Crvena zvezda, Serbia 9 1
result: England 4 Montenegro 1

unused substitutes:

3-Marko Vešuvić, 10-Andrija Delibašić, 12-Srđan Blazić, 13-Mitar Novaković, 15-Miloš Krkotić, 16-Blazo Igumanović, 19-Ivan Janjušević.
 
4-4-1-1 Poleksić -
Pavićević (Bećiraj), Kecojević, Savić, Jovanović -
Zverotić, Drinčić, Bošković, Volkov
(Vukcević) -
Jovet
ić (Kasalica) -
Damjanović.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 28 years 244 days Appearances/Goals 25.2 2.3

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

Manager Roy Hodgson sprang a real surprise with his team selection for this vital match against Montenegro, by picking the in-form Andros Townsend on the right-wing.  Eyebrows were raised by many, but boy, did his idea pay dividends.

Right from the start England looked really sharp and ready for the battle.  There was lots of passing and movement in the early stages and the front men looked very lively.  In the second minute Danny Welbeck shot over from England's first opening, and both Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge continually probed the visiting defence.  Townsend, meanwhile, looked especially lively and was really enjoying his elevation to the England team.  He was so positive going forward and his pace, and link up with Kyle Walker, was a feature of the match.  In fact the pace of the whole of England's attack promised much and Montenegro were doing well to hang on.  The only thing that was missing was the final finish.

Another lightening break down the right between Walker and Townsend ended with Steven Gerrard's tame cross, and then Rooney saw a chance only for his shot to be deflected wide.  The pressure continued down the right, butt Englandd's left wing was prominent too with Leighton Baines making some superb runs..  Montenegroowere relying on the odd breakaway, but their main gameplan was to keep ten men behind the ball and invitee Englanddto break them down..

In the 144thhminute a bad pass by Frank Lampard let in the visiting number eight Stevan Jovetic, but his shot went harmlessly wide..  Then, at the other end, Baines saw his inswinging free-kick punched away..  Englanddhad to be patient, and also guard against the breakaways, Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka were looking solid at the back though, and snuffed out any signs of danger quickly by intercepting efficiently where necessary..  Joe Hart had little to do but play the extra sweeper role if he had to..

On 16 minutes a greatt Englanddmove involving Townsend, Sturridge and Lampard ended with Gerrard shooting a good chance over the bar..  Then six minutes later brilliant play by Baines set up Welbeck and this time the Manchester United striker made the goalkeeper work, but Vukasin Poleksic was equal to the task with a solid block..  The referee was allowing a good deal of bumping and boring in the area and twicee Englanddhalf-heartedly appealed for penalties as both Welbeck and Sturridge were stopped..  But the ref would have none of it, although to be fair, replays showed they might have both had a case..

As the game wore onn Englanddincreased the pressure whilstt Montenegroodefended stubbornly..  Welbeck might have done better with a headed chance which actually went wide off his shoulder, and then the best move so far saw Gerrard's shot tipped around a post by Poleksic..  On 39 minutess Englanddcreated their best chance of the first half after a flowing move..  Lampard found Rooney whose first time ball sent Townsend away yet again..  He cut inside and fired in a shot, only for the keeper to parry the ball back towards the incoming Rooney..  Unfortunately Rooney's shot hit the outside of the post with both Sturridge and Welbeck waiting for a pull-back..  Englanddfinished the half on a high as Walker, Sturridge and Townsend combined again for Welbeck to shoot, the ball being deflected wide..  Then Sturridge had a chance from Rooney's cross, but he tried to be too clever with a back-heeled finish when perhaps a straight forward right foot should have made contact..

Half-time andd Englanddtotally dominant but lacking that final finish..  Surely though it would only be a matter of time before the breakthrough came..  The one criticism of the first half wass Englandd's lack of penetration from set plays, something they may need to work on..

Within three minutes of the restart though,, Englanddwere ahead..  Another brilliant positive run down the right by Townsend left defenders trailing in his wake..  As his cross came in it was deflected towards the advancing Welbeck, who fired in a shot from 18 yards..  Poleksic blocked the ball but the rebound was superbly controlled by Rooney, who then swivelled and shot under the diving keeper's body..  That goal opened the game up a little and Savo Pavcevic was booked for a foul on Welbeck as frustration set in for the visitors..  Montenegroowere really struggling to cope with the pace off Englandd's attacks and Vladimir Volkov became the second player booked..  The hat-trick of bookings came when Walker was also yellow carded for a silly challenge that will now keep him out of the next match, much to the manager's obvious annoyance..

n 55 minutes Hart had to make his first save, a good one from a glancing header from Dejan Damjonovic, but generally it was alll Englandd.  Townsend saw a shot saved, and thenn Englanddwent 2-0 up thanks to a bizarre own goal..  Sturridge's superb backheel sent Welbeck galloping away, and as the number nine tried to tee Sturridge up Branko Boscovic got there first, but he only succeeded in slicing the ball wide of the keeper into his own net..  Englandddon't normally get too many gifts given to them, but this time the whole stadium was ready to accept this one!!  Just a minute later though, Montenegro almost pulled a goal back, when Jovetic fired in a tremendous shot which had Hart groping, luckily for England it cannoned back off the crossbar..

On 63 minutes Lampard had a shot that flew over, and he was immediately subbed, with Michael Carrick coming on to replace him..  Englanddstill pressed forward and Rooney set up his skipper for another attempt that went wide, before Welbeck so nearly scored from a Baines corner. Rooney was only a whisker away from another Baines cross and Welbeck was just as close to a Townsend cross..

Then, against the run of playy Montenegroosnatched a surprise goal..  With 20 minutes to go Fatos Beciraj was allowed to fire in a shot, which was going wide until Damjonovic stuck out a foot to deflect it wide of the helpless Hart..  Thee Englanddfans were understandably nervous at this stage as they knew how oftenn Englanddhave a habit of making life difficult for themselves..  But the team stayed calm and they continued to press forward.  On 78 minutes came the game's best moment.  Townsend, who had been a revelation all evening, was given possession after Welbeck's determination..  The Spurs player had just the one thought in his mind, and he drove purposely at the defence before unleashing a terrific bending left-foot shot that flew in off the post..  What a way to celebrate your debut!!  It was almost his last contribution as Hodgson took him off and the player left to a deserved standing ovation..

Jack Wilshere and James Milner came on for Townsend and Gerrard respectively and those two players combined to set up a fourth goal in the third minute of added time..  Sturridge received the final pass from Milner and as he had done all night, he attacked the defenders..  This time he was brought down by Ivan Kecojevic, and it was Sturridge who calmly slotted home the resultant penalty..  It was a deserved goal for thee Liverpoollplayer and made the scoreline a little more realistic on the balance of play..

Englandddid everything right on the night and everyone played their part, what more can you ask for??  A win overr Polanddperhaps??
   

Source Notes

TheFA.com
BBC Sport
SkySports Football
FSCG.me
RateTheRef.com

Mike Payne - football historian and contributor
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