A match preview for the World Cup qualifier between England and Montenegro.
England remain unbeaten during this group stage; the only team to manage that and at home they are stron; scoring 10 times and conceding just the once. The visitors, Montenegro, play well away from home and will provide a stern test for the English side who are buoyed by the return of key strikers Rooney and Sturridge. Not many strikers around at present, playing in the form they are and they have the burden now of firing England to Brazil! – Skylinerob @ www.olbg.com
Where: Wembley Stadium, London
When: Friday October 11, 20:00
England boss will be hoping to get some of the critics off his back with victory over a talented Montenegro side on Friday at Wembley Stadium.
Victory would grant the Three Lions one foot in Brazil for next summer’s tournament and would go a long way into piling off the pressure of another tough qualifying campaign.
However, Hodgson will be without Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverly, who will miss both the clash with Montenegro, as well as Wednesday’s final game with Poland thanks to a thigh injury.
England’s only other absentee is left back Ashley Cole who sits out with a rib injury.
Montenegro are expected to be without influential skipper Mirko Vucinic, goalkeeper Mladen Bozovic, centre-back Marko Basa and midfielder Miodrag Pekovic because of injury.