The Three Lions have cause for concern before their World Cup qualifier with Montenegro. Famously, it is the venue Wayne Rooney was sent off in the final European Championships qualifier around a year ago.
This top of Group H clash carries significant importance, with the winner likely to take a large step towards qualifying for the World Cup 2014 in Brazil.
Roy Hodson’s side have also expressed concern about the state of the Montenegro pitch, which has been dismissed by Montenegro manager Branko Brnovic claiming England are a long-ball team.
“As far as I know, the English have always favoured long passes and I cant see why they are complaining about this.” Said Brnovic.
Brnovic, is obviously stoking the fire, as you don’t have to be a football genius to agree that a shoddy pitch makes it harder to play no matter the skill level. Not to mention the serious injuries it can cause.
The much-publicised self-omission of Rio Ferdinand is a blow for England, as he is in the best form of all the England centre-halves. Montenegro’s start striker Vucinic agrees that the pairing of Chris Smalling and Joleon Lescott is a risk, “I certainly do see that as a weakness. If they do not play for their own clubs I don not see why the coach invited them to play.”
There will be plenty of feeling in this one and is not to be missed.