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  Monday, 25 March 2019
European Championship 2020 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

Montenegro kicked off 94 minutes. 46:01 & 48:03 Match Summary
Montenegro Squad
England Squad
[1-0] Igor Vešović 17 16:56
 cuts in from the left to curl past Pickford from 15-yards

[1-1] Michael Keane 30 29:50
4-yard header from a Barkley free-kick
[1-2] Ross Barkley 38 39:59
guided in from 6-yards a Hudson-Odoi shot from edge of penalty area
[1-3] Ross Barkley 59 58:34
12-yard strike from a Sterling pullback
[1-4] Harry Kane 71 70:25
10-yard left-footed strike following a Sterling lay-off
[1-5] Raheem Sterling 81 80:01
12-yard side-footed strike thro' Petković from a perfect 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

Match Summary

Officials from Belarus



Referee (sky blue) Aleksei Kulbakov
  39 (27 December 1979), Homel, FIFA-listed 2005.
Assistant Referees - Dmitri Zhuk and Oleg Maslyanko

Fourth official - Denis Scherbakov
9 Goal Attempts 11
2 Attempts on Target 6
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
3 Corner Kicks Won 6
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 25 May 1993 G FC Lorient-Bretagne Sud, France 16 0
2 Stojković, Filip 26 22 January 1993
born in Ćuprija, Yugoslavia
RB Fk Crvena zvezda, Serbia 36 1
15 Savić, Stefan 28 8 January 1991 CD Club Atlético de Madrid, Spain 51 5
4 Vukčević, Nikola 27 13 December 1991 DM Levante Unión Deportiva SAD, Spain 33 1
22 Simić, Marko, off 74th min. 31 16 June 1987
born in Obrenovac, Yugoslavia
CD Paxtakor Toshkent Fk, Uzbekistan 36 1
6 Tomašević, Žarko 31 16 June 1987 LB KV Oostende, Belgium 34 4
7 Vešović, Igor, off 70th min. 27 28 August 1991 LM Legia Warszawa SA, Poland 25 2
20 Ivanić, Mirko 25 13 September 1993
born in Bački Jarak, Yugoslavia
AM Fk Crvena zvezda, Serbia 15 1
9 Mugoša, Stefan 27 23 February 1992 LF Incheon United FC, Republic of Korea 29 7
23 Marušić, Adam 26 17 October 1992
born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia
RM SS LAzio SpA, Italy 27 0
11 Bećiraj, Fatos, off 61st min. 30 5 May 1988
born in Peć, Yugoslavia
RF Maccabi Netanya FC, Israel 61 9
Montenegro Substitutes
scoreline: Montenegro 1 England 3
10 Janković, Marko, on 61st min (60.33) for Bećiraj 23 9 July 1995 RF Societŕ Polisportiva Ars et Labor SpA, Italy 16 1
3 Boljević, Aleksandar, on 70th min. (69:05) for Vešović 23 12 December 1995 LM KV Red Star Waasland-Sportkring-Beveren, Belgium 10 0
Boljević cautioned in the 92nd min. for Ungentlemany Conduct, for getting involved with the pushing and shoving between Henderson and Vukčević
scoreline: Montenegro 1 England 4
16 Jovović, Vladimir, on 74th min. (73:35) for Simić 24 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.


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, Vešović (Boljević) -
(Janković), Mugoša

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.5 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 (17th captaincy)
Jordan Henderson 83rd min.
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 48 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 24 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 7 March 1994 G Everton FC 17 15 GA
2 Walker, Kyle A. 28 28 May 1990 RB Manchester City FC 46 0
3 Rose, Daniel L. 28 2 July 1990 LWB Tottenham Hotspur FC 26 0
Rose cautioned in the 93rd min. for a Foul, following a very late challenge on Boljević.
4 Rice, Declan 20 14 January 1999 DM West Ham United FC 2 0
5 Keane, Michael V. 26 11 January 1993 CD Everton FC final app
7 1
6 Maguire, J. Harry 26 5 March 1993 CD Leicester City FC 18 1
7 Sterling, Raheem S. 24 8 December 1994 R/LF Manchester City FC 49 8
Barkley, Ross, off 81st min. 25 5 December 1993 RM Chelsea FC 27 4
Barkley cautioned in the 52nd min. for Dissent. When England were awarded a free-kick, Barkley took it before the referee's whistle.
9 Kane, Harry E., off 83rd min 25 28 July 1993 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 37 22
10 Alli, Bamidele J., off 64th min. 22 11 April 1996 LM Tottenham Hotspur FC 35 3
11 Hudson-Odoi, Callum J. 18 7 November 2000 L/RF Chelsea FC final app
2 0
England Substitutes
scoreline: Montenegro 1 England 3
14 Henderson, Jordan B., on 64th min (63:02) for Alli 28 17 June 1990 LM Liverpool FC 50 0
Henderson cautioned in the 92nd min. for Ungentlemanly Conduct, after having his shirt pulled by Vukčević and reacting to his head pushing.
scoreline: Montenegro 1 England 5
17 Ward-Prowse, James M.E., on (80:30) 81st min. for Barkley 24 1 November 1994 M Southampton FC final app
2 0
19 Wilson, Callum E.G., on 83rd min. (82:12) for Kane 27 27 February 1992 F AFC Bournemouth 2 0
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.


Callum Hudson-Odoi becomes the second youngest player to start a competitive match.
Michael Keane's goal is the 100th away ECP goal scored.
England score five in two consecutive matches for first time since 1984.
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 24.3 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