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  Monday, 25 March 2019
2020 UEFA European Championship Group A qualification match

Montenegro 1 England 5 [1-2]

Stadion Pod Goricom, Centar, Podgorica
Kick-off (CET): 8.45pm 7.45pm GMT
Attendance: 8,329

Stefan Mugoša kicked off 94 minutes. 46:01 & 48:03
[1-0] Marko Večović 17 16:56
 cuts in from the left to curl past Pickford from 15-yards

[1-1] Michael Keane header 30 29:50
rose higher than Savić to a 5-yard header from a Ross Barkley free-kick into far-post
[1-2] Ross Barkley 38 39:59
guided in with right foot from 6-yards a Callum Hudson-Odoi shot from edge of penalty area

Kane's first strike with his left-foot>
[1-3] Ross Barkley 59 58:34
12-yard right-footed strike from a Raheem Sterling deflected pullback
[1-4] Harry Kane 71 70:25
10-yard left-footed strike following a Raheem Sterling lay-off
[1-5] Raheem Sterling 81 80:01
12-yard left-footed strike thro' Petković from a perfect Jordan Henderson through-ball

Aleksandar Boljev90+2 91:15
Ross Barkley 52 51:54
Jordan Henderson 90+2 91:15

Danny Rose
90+3 92:08
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley with Lee DIxon

"Shut them up... shut them DOWN" Daily Mirror

Officials from Belarus Montenegro Squad


England Squad
Referee (sky blue)
Aleksei Kulbakov
  39 (27 December 1979), Homel, FIFA-listed 2005.
9 Goal Attempts 11
2 Attempts on Target 6
Assistant Referees 0 Hit Bar/Post 0
Dmitri Zhuk
32 (22 April 1986)
Oleg Maslyanko
36 (23 June 1982)
3 Corner Kicks Won 6
Fourth official
Denis Scherbakov
40 (7 August 1978), Viciebsk.
0 Offside Calls Against 1
10 Fouls Conceded 14
34% Possession 66%

Montenegro Team



FIFA (February 2019) 47th
EFO ranking
ELO rating
Colours: Made by Legea - Red collared shirts with darker red sleeves, red cuffs with yellow trim, red shorts with yellow hemmed trim, red socks with yellow hoop.
Capt: Stefan Savić Manager: Ljubiša Tumbaković Љубиша Тумбаковић, 66 (2 September 1952 in Serbia), appointed January 2016
26th match, W 7 - D 7 - L 12 - F - A -
Montenegro Lineup
1 Petković, Danijel 25
304 days
25 May 1993 G FC Lorient-Bretagne Sud, France 16 0
2 Stojković, Filip 26
62 days
22 January 1993
in Ćuprija, Yugoslavia
RB Fk Crvena zvezda, Serbia 36 1
15 Savić, Stefan 28
76 days
8 January 1991 CD Club Atlético de Madrid, Spain 51 5
22 Simić, Marko, off 74th min. 31
61 days
23 January 1988
in Obrenovac, Yugoslavia
CD Paxtakor Toshkent Fk, Uzbekistan 36 1
6 Tomašević, Žarko 31
282 days
16 June 1987 LB KV Oostende, Belgium 34 4
23 Marušić, Adam 26
159 days
17 October 1992
in Belgrade, Yugoslavia
RM SS LAzio, Italy 27 0
20 Ivanić, Mirko 25
193 days
13 September 1993
in Bački Jarak, Yugoslavia
ARM Fk Crvena zvezda, Serbia 15 1
4 Vukčević, Nikola 27
102 days
13 December 1991 ALM Levante Unión Deportiva, Spain 33 1
7 Večović, Marko, off 70th min. 27
209 days
28 August 1991 LM Legia Warszawa SA, Poland 25 2
11 Bećiraj, Fatos, off 61st min. 30
324 days
5 May 1988
in Peć, Yugoslavia
RF Maccabi Netanya FC, Israel 61 9
=mst apps
9 Mugoša, Stefan 27
30 days
23 February 1992 LF Incheon United FC, Republic of Korea 29 7
Montenegro Substitutes
scoreline: Montenegro 1 England 3
10 Janković, Marko, on 61st min (60.33) for Bećiraj 23
259 days
9 July 1995 RF Societá Polisportiva Ars et Labor, Italy 16 1
3 Boljević, Aleksandar, on 70th min. (69:05) for Večović 23
103 days
12 December 1995 LM KV Red Star Waasland-Sportkring-Beveren, Belgium
92nd min. for getting involved with the pushing between Henderson and Vukčević
scoreline: Montenegro 1 England 4
16 Jovović, Vladimir, on 74th min. (73:35) for Simić 24
150 days
26 October 1994 AM FK Jablonec, Czech Republic 25 0
result: Montenegro 1 England 5
unused substitutes: 5-Boris Kopitović, 8-Marko Bakić, 12-Milan Mijatović, 13-Damir Ljuljanović, 14-Luka Đorđević, 17-Asmir Kajević, 18-Nebojša Kosović, 19-Aleksandar Šćekić, 21-Risto Radunović.
records: Fatos Bećiraj equals the record currently held by Elsad Zverotić as Montenegro's most capped player.
4-4-2 Petković -
Stojković, Savić, Simić
(Jovović), Tomašević -
Marušić, Ivanić,
Vukčević, Večović (Boljević) -
(Janković), Mugoša
Averages (Starting XI): Age 28 years 30 days Appearances/Goals 33.0 2.7

England Team



FIFA (7 February 2019) 5th
EFO ranking Group One (2nd)
ELO rating 5th
Colours: The Nike 2018 home shirt - White v-necked jerseys with red trim on collar, blue shorts, white socks.
Capt: Harry Kane ¹⁵
17th, W 10 - D 3 - L 4 - F 36 - A 19
Jordan Henderson
83rd min.
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 48 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
33rd match, W 19 - D 8 - L 6 - F 59 - A 25.
England Lineup
1 Pickford, Jordan L. 25
18 days
7 March 1994 G Everton FC 17 15ᵍᵃ
2 Walker, Kyle A. 28
301 days
28 May 1990 RB Manchester City FC 46 0
3 Rose, Daniel L. 28
266 days
2 July 1990 LWB
Tottenham Hotspur FC
93rd min. following a very late challenge on Boljević.
4 Rice, Declan 20
70 days
14 January 1999 DM West Ham United FC 2 0
5 Keane, Michael V. 26
73 days
11 January 1993 RCD Everton FC 7 1
100th away ECP goal scored
6 Maguire, J. Harry 26
20 days
5 March 1993 LCD Leicester City FC 18 1
Sterling, Raheem S. 24
107 days
8 December 1994
in Kingston, Jamaica
R/LF Manchester City FC 49 8
Barkley, Ross, off 81st min. 25
110 days
5 December 1993 RM
Chelsea FC
52nd min. for taking a free-kick before the referee blew his whistle.
Kane, Harry E., off 83rd min. 25
240 days
28 July 1993 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 37 22
10 Alli, Bamidele J., off 64th min. 22
348 days
11 April 1996 LM Tottenham Hotspur FC 35 3
Hudson-Odoi, Callum J. 18
138 days
7 November 2000
Chelsea FC
second youngest to start a competitive match
England Substitutes
scoreline: Montenegro 1 England 3
Henderson, Jordan B., on 64th min (63:02) for Alli 28
281 days
17 June 1990 LM
Liverpool FC 50 37 0
92nd min. after having his shirt pulled by Vukčević and reacting. the 59th player to reach the 50-app milestone  
scoreline: Montenegro 1 England 5
17 Ward-Prowse, James M.E., on (80:30) 81st min. for Barkley
144 days
1 November 1994 M
Southampton FC 2 0 0
19 Wilson, Callum E.G., on 83rd min. (82:12) for Kane 27
26 days
27 February 1992 F AFC Bournemouth 2 1 1
result: Montenegro 1 England 5
unused substitutes: 12-Kieran Tripper, 13-Tom Heaton, 15-James Tarkowski, 16-Ben Chilwell, 18-Jadon Sancho,  20-Jack Butland.
team notes: No Manchester United player in two consecutive competitive matches for the first time in 29 years.
records: England score five in two consecutive matches for first time since 1984.
England have now gone 41 qualification matches (WC & EC) unbeaten (W32 D9).
4-3-3 Pickford -
Walker, Keane, Maguire, Rose -
(Ward-Prowse), Rice, Alli (Henderson) -
Sterling, Kane
(Wilson), Hudson-Odoi.
notes:- Sterling & Hudson-Odoi swapped flanks after thirty minutes
Averages (Starting XI): Age 24 years 254 days Appearances/Goals 24.2 3.1
    Match Report by Mike Payne

This turned out to be another very comprehensive victory for England, who continued to make the perfect start to their European Championship campaign.  From the shock of going a goal down, the visitors knuckled down and produced a totally dominant display, showcased by several excellent individual performances.

The match began slowly, with England keeping possession well but not really threatening the Montenegro goal.  The first meaningful attack saw Callum Hudson-Odoi centre from the right to the head of Harry Maguire.  The big Leicester defender headed the ball high over the bar.  During the first ten minutes or so, England passed the ball around, looking for ways to pierce a big, strong and determined defence.  Ross Barkley, who has showed up very well in the two games over the weekend, won a corner and then on 12 minutes Raheem Sterling burst into the game.  A wonderful tight dribble into the box beat three men before his cross was cleared by a defender, who just beat a lunging Deli Alli to the ball.

England were baffled by some strange decisions from the referee in the opening quarter of an hour, and they also suffered a little from wrong decisions being made from attackers looking for an opening. However, England were still dominant, so what happened next came as a severe shock.

In the 17th minute a long pass out to the left might have been cut out by Hudson-Odoi, but his ’challenge‘ was flattened by a firm header down that gave possession to Igor Vesivic. The lively forward attacked Michael Keane, who also really should have done better but he failed to stop Vesivic. A lucky rebound off Keane’s leg bounced kindly for the home forward and he was left with a clear shot at goal, which he executed perfectly, giving Jordan Pickford no chance. It was Montenegro’s first attack of the game, and it came as a big shock to all England fans, players and staff. How could that have happened?

Suddenly Montenegro grew in confidence from the goal and it was clear that England had to regroup and go again. To their credit they did, gradually regaining control, after clearing a couple of dangerous breaks and on the half-hour they scored a deserved equaliser. It came from a good old simple English ploy, a free-kick. From out on the right wing, Barkley centred perfectly to the far post and there was Keane to make up for his earlier blip to powerfully head home. Simples!

That settled England down again, although a speculative effort from about 35 yards by Stefan Mugosa, had to be watched all the way by Pickford, who gathered it well. The visitors were now back in their stride again and how Sterling didn’t score from one attack was baffling. It followed another fine run by the excellent Hudson-Odoi, who was growing confidently into his role. From his ball into the middle Sterling had several bites at the cherry, but couldn’t quite force the ball over the line. He need not have worried as three minutes later, and seven minutes from the break, England took the lead.

Again, Hudson-Odoi was at the hub of the goal. His run goalwards, cutting in from the left, ended with a shot across goal. It was probably going wide, but there was Barkley, in the right place at the right time, to side-foot home from close range. The young winger had been switched to the left and it really paid off as he shone brightly for the rest of the match.

After the break there was no let up from England and four minutes into the half a deep cross by Hudson-Odoi cleared the defence but Sterling mis-hit his attempted volley, probably caught out by the fact that it only just cleared the jumping defender in front of him. A minute later and Hudson-Odoi had another chance after a fine pass by Harry Kane. This time the youngster’s shot was pushed wide by the keeper, Danijel Petkovic.

The only way back for Montenegro was if the sometimes sloppy England defence blundered, and they did their best to oblige in one breakaway, although eventually the ball was cleared. No matter, as on 59 minutes the result was settled. Another good attack by England saw Sterling twisting and turning in the box, looking for the decisive ball into the middle. When his pull-back finally came it deflected off a defender straight into the path of the marauding Barkley who gleefully picked his spot to score his second and England’s third goal.

England brought on Jordan Henderson for Alli, to win his 50th cap and after that it was a question of how many England would score, as all the fight had gone from the home players by this time. In the 71st minute England scored again as Barkley, at the heart of so much of England’s good attacking play, fed a superb pass through to Sterling and the Manchester City star laid the ball across goal where Kane was able to coolly slot home unchallenged. Nine minutes later and the win was rounded off nicely with a lovely goal from the hard-working Sterling. A superb through pass from Henderson sent Sterling clear and the striking winger clipped the ball wide of the advancing Petkovic.

James Ward-Prowse came on for the brilliant Barkley and Callum Wilson replaced Kane for the final minutes, but the job was done by now, in another very efficient and comprehensive victory. Quite a bit of frustration was being shown by Montenegro in the final ten minutes and both Henderson and Danny Rose were booked as tempers became a little frayed. It was also not helped by some racial chanting from the home fans against the English players, and that is something that really needs to be addressed and sorted by the powers that be.

This was an exciting display by a young England side, with great contributions from Barkley, Hudson-Odoi and the impressive Declan Rice, making his first start for his country. The futures bright for this set of players at Gareth Southgate’s disposal and certainly the England fans will be delighted with these last two games.

Source Notes

BBC Sport

Mike Payne - football historian and contributor