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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, London
Attendance: 83,807; Kick-off: 8.00pm BST
Live on ITV HD (UK) - Commentator: Clive Tyldesley

England - Wayne Rooney (six-yard shot 48 47:56), Branko Bošković (miscued clearance own goal 62 61:21), Andros Townsend (twenty-yard shot 78 77:31), Daniel Sturridge (side-footed penalty 93 92:22);
Montenegro - Dejan Damjanović (71 70:50).
Match Summary
England Squad

Montenegro Squad
Results 2010-2015 Montenegro - Savo Pavićević (50 49:32), Vladimir Volkov (53 52:46);
England - Kyle Walker (55 54:03)

Montenegro kicked-off. 93 minutes (45:15 & 48:07).

 

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 & Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar

Fourth official - Carlos Clos Gómez, 41 (30 June 1972), Zaragoza, FIFA-listed 2009.

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

22 Goal Attempts 8
12 Attempts on Target 2
0 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 (12th Sept 2013) 17th
ELO rating 6th
Colours: The Nike 2013 home uniform - White shirts with navy blue collar, navy blue shorts, white socks with thin navy blue tops.
Capt: Steven Gerrard, 31st captaincy. Rooney 87th min. Coach: Roy Hodgson, 66, appointed 1 May 2012,
21st match, W 12 - D 8 - L 1 - F 48 - A 18.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 26 19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 36 28 GA
2 Walker, Kyle A. 23 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 11 December 1984 LB Everton FC 20 1
4 Gerrard, Steven G., off 87th min. 33 30 May 1980 M Liverpool FC 106 20
5 Cahill, Gary J. 27 19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 19 2
6 Jagielka, Philip N. 31 17 August 1982 CD Everton FC 22 1
7 Townsend, Andros D., off 80th min. 22 16 July 1991 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 1
8 Lampard, Frank J., off 65th min. 35 20 June 1978 M Chelsea 101 29
9 Sturridge, Daniel A. 24 1 September 1989 CF Liverpool FC 7 2
Penalty given after Sturridge was brought down  (91:37) on the goalline by Ivan Kecojević
10 Rooney, Wayne M. 27 24 October 1985 F Manchester United FC 85 37
11 Welbeck, Daniel N.T.M. 22 26 November 1990 M Manchester United FC 19 8
England Substitutes
16 Carrick, Michael, on 65th min. (64:22) for Lampard 32 28 July 1981 M Manchester United FC 30 0
19 Wilshere, Jack A.G., on 80th min. (79:18) for Townsend 21 1 January 1992 M Arsenal FC 11 0
17 Milner, James P., on 87th min. (86:35) for Gerrard 27 4 January 1986 M Manchester City FC 42 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.
   
4-2-3-1 Hart -
Walker, Jagielka, Cahill, Baines -
Gerrard
(Milner), Lampard (Carrick) -
Townsend
(Wilshere), Rooney, Welbeck -
Sturridge.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.1 Appearances/Goals 38.6 8.9

 

Montenegro Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (12th Sept 2013) 27th
ELO rating 49th to 52nd
Colours: Made by Legea - Red shirts with yellow collar/shoulder panels/hem, red shorts with yellow trim, red socks with yellow tops.
Capt: Stevan Jovetić Coach: 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 30 August 1982 G Debreceni VSC, Hungary 24 0
2 Pavićević, Savo, off 57th min. 32 11 December 1980 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.
21 Savić, Stefan 22 8 January 1991 CD ACF Fiorentina SpA, Italy 24 2
4 Jovanović, Milan 30 21 July 1983 LB FK Crvena zvezda, Serbia 34 0
5 Volkov, Vladimir, off 72nd min 27 6 June 1986 M FK Partizan, Serbia 10 0
Volkov cautioned in the 53rd min for a dissent, after complaining about Boskovic's trip on Frank Lampard
6 Kecojević, Ivan 25 10 April 1988 CD Gaziantepspor, Turkey 3 0
17 Zverotić, Elsad 27 31 October 1986 M Fulham FC, England 42 4
8 Jovetić, Stevan, off 81st min. 23 2 November 1989 F Manchester City FC, England 29 10
23 Bošković, Branko 33 21 June 1980 M SK Rapid Wien, Austria 25 1
18 Drinčić, Nikola 29 7 September 1984 M no club 31 3
14 Damjanović, Dejan 32 27 July 1981 CF FC Seoul, Korea Republic 20 6
Montenegro Substitutes
11 Bećiraj, Fatos, on 57th min (56:42) for Pavićević 25 5 May 1988 F NK Dinamo Zagreb, Croatia 22 3
7 Vukcevic, Simon, on 72nd min. (71:26) for Volkov 27 29 January 1986 M FK Vojvodina Novi Sad, Serbia 43 3
22 Kasalica, Filip, on 81st min (80:31) for Jovetic 24 17 December 1988 F FK Crvena zvezda, Serbia 9 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 Poleksic -
Pavicevic, Kecojevic, Savic, Jovanovic -
Zverotic, Drincic, Boskovic, Volkov -
Jovetic -
Damjanovic.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 28.3 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, but England's left wing was prominent too with Leighton Baines making some superb runs.  Montenegro were relying on the odd breakaway, but their main gameplan was to keep ten men behind the ball and invite England to break them down.

In the 14th minute 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.  England had 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 great England move 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 twice England half-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 on England increased the pressure whilst Montenegro defended 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 minutes England created 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.  England finished 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 and England totally 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 was England's lack of penetration from set plays, something they may need to work on.

Within three minutes of the restart though, England were 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.  Montenegro were really struggling to cope with the pace of England'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.

On 55 minutes Hart had to make his first save, a good one from a glancing header from Dejan Damjonovic, but generally it was all England.  Townsend saw a shot saved, and then England went 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.  England don'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.  England still 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 play Montenegro snatched 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.  The England fans were understandably nervous at this stage as they knew how often England have 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 the Liverpool player and made the scoreline a little more realistic on the balance of play.

England did everything right on the night and everyone played their part, what more can you ask for?  A win over Poland perhaps?

Source Notes

BBC Sport
TheFA.com
SkySports.com/football
FSCG.me
RateTheRef.com
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor

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