Three Lions must win both their remaining two ties to be sure of competing at next year’s World Cup.
England have been handed a huge boost with the news that the key Montenegro attacking duo of Stevan Jovetic and Mirko Vucinic could be out of next week’s crucial Fifa World Cup qualifier at Wembley Stadium through injury, according to reports in the Sun.
Roy Hodgson’s side go into their double header against Montenegro on Friday and Poland a week on Tuesday currently leading Group H with now just two internationals left on the road to next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.
However, the Three Lions are just a point clear of both second-placed Ukraine and third-in-the-table Montenegro, while they lead the Poles by only three points, and so they cannot afford any slip-ups in their final two home fixtures if they still wish to qualify automatically for next summer’s global show piece in South America.
And so the news that their Balkan opponents next Friday may be without their two most dangerous, and important, front men will come as a great relief to Hodgson and Co.
Both attackers are understood to be carrying injuries at present, with Manchester City forward Jovetic due to have a fitness test on his problem ahead of the north-west outfit’s Premier League contest with Everton this weekend.