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  • Date:12 Oct 2010
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:Wembley Stadium
Goal!

Live Commentary

93:24 +3.24

Simon Vukcevic is shown a yellow card for not retreating ten yards at a set play. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Davies by Mladen Kascelan. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Steven Gerrard, save made by Mladen Bozovic.

91:41 +1.41

Simon Vukcevic is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.

89:37

Gareth Barry takes a shot. Mladen Bozovic makes a save.

87:46

Foul by Kevin Davies on Mladen Bozovic, free kick awarded. Mladen Bozovic restarts play with the free kick.

87:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stefan Savic on Shaun Wright-Phillips. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Gerrard from left wing, save by Mladen Bozovic.

84:52

Kevin Davies is cautioned. Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Davies on Miodrag Djudovic. Direct free kick taken by Mladen Bozovic.

83:21

Unfair challenge on Shaun Wright-Phillips by Simon Vukcevic results in a free kick. Steven Gerrard crosses the ball in from the free kick, Mladen Bozovic makes a save.

83:05

Shot by Milan Jovanovic.

81:51

Fatos Beciraj joins the action as a substitute, replacing Branko Boskovic.

80:55

Mladen Kascelan fouled by Kevin Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Mladen Bozovic.

78:20

Unfair challenge on Ashley Cole by Simon Vukcevic results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Cole.

76:09

(Montenegro) makes a substitution, with Andrija Delibasic coming on for Radomir Djalovic. Foul by Mladen Kascelan on Adam Johnson, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Adam Johnson, Mladen Bozovic makes a save.

73:41

(England) makes a substitution, with Shaun Wright-Phillips coming on for Ashley Young.

72:49

Steven Gerrard produces a drilled right-footed shot from 20 yards. Save made by Mladen Bozovic.

72:39

Wayne Rooney produces a drilled right-footed shot from 12 yards. Mladen Bozovic makes a brilliant save.

71:58

Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save made by Mladen Bozovic.

71:34

Corner taken by Adam Johnson played to the near post, Miodrag Djudovic manages to make a clearance.

68:57

Peter Crouch goes off and Kevin Davies comes on.

68:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Gerrard by Mladen Kascelan. Joe Hart takes the free kick.

67:10

Peter Crouch gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Milan Jovanovic. Milan Jovanovic takes the direct free kick.

66:30

Peter Crouch fouled by Miodrag Djudovic, the ref awards a free kick. Joleon Lescott restarts play with the free kick.

65:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Simon Vukcevic by Ashley Cole. Miodrag Djudovic takes the direct free kick.

64:59

Effort from a long way out by Elsad Zverotic goes wide right of the goal.

63:17

Mladen Kascelan is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Young by Mladen Kascelan. Ashley Young crosses the ball in from the free kick.

62:27

Gareth Barry goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Gareth Barry concedes a free kick for a foul on Mladen Kascelan. Marko Basa takes the direct free kick.

61:15

Mitar Novakovic leaves the field to be replaced by Mladen Kascelan.

59:43

The referee shows Ashley Young a yellow card.

58:57

Unfair challenge on Mladen Bozovic by Peter Crouch results in a free kick. Mladen Bozovic restarts play with the free kick.

58:33

Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save by Mladen Bozovic.

58:06

Simon Vukcevic takes a shot from 25 yards. Rio Ferdinand gets a block in.

56:27

Booking for Marko Basa for unsporting behaviour. Marko Basa challenges Ashley Young unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot comes in from Adam Johnson from the free kick.

55:22

Peter Crouch challenges Milorad Pekovic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Milorad Pekovic takes the free kick.

55:01

Gareth Barry concedes a free kick for a foul on Milorad Pekovic. Free kick taken by Milorad Pekovic.

54:06

Peter Crouch is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Mladen Bozovic.

53:46

Unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Radomir Djalovic results in a free kick. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.

52:53

Wayne Rooney goes into the book. Wayne Rooney challenges Elsad Zverotic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Simon Vukcevic.

51:16

Stefan Savic booked. Stefan Savic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Cole. Ashley Young produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

49:35

The ball is sent over by Steven Gerrard.

48:58

Foul by Rio Ferdinand on Mitar Novakovic, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Branko Boskovic.

48:31

Effort on goal by Wayne Rooney from 35 yards went over.

47:39

Milan Jovanovic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Johnson. Free kick taken by Glen Johnson.

47:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marko Basa by Peter Crouch. Mladen Bozovic restarts play with the free kick.

46:28

Ashley Young fouled by Stefan Savic, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ashley Young.

45:52 +0.52

Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save by Mladen Bozovic.

38:00

Unfair challenge on Simon Vukcevic by Ashley Cole results in a free kick. Stefan Savic restarts play with the free kick.

34:52

The referee gives a free kick against Branko Boskovic for handball. Joleon Lescott takes the direct free kick.

31:46

Marko Basa concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Crouch. Shot comes in from Adam Johnson from the free kick.

30:46

Steven Gerrard challenges Milan Jovanovic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Milan Jovanovic restarts play with the free kick.

28:42

Foul by Branko Boskovic on Adam Johnson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.

27:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Joleon Lescott on Radomir Djalovic. Direct free kick taken by Milorad Pekovic.

27:17

Simon Vukcevic concedes a free kick for a foul on Wayne Rooney. Gareth Barry takes the direct free kick.

24:27

Miodrag Djudovic is cautioned. Ashley Young fouled by Miodrag Djudovic, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ashley Young.

19:59

Adam Johnson crosses the ball, save by Mladen Bozovic.

19:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mitar Novakovic on Wayne Rooney. Direct free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.

15:48

The ball is sent over by Glen Johnson, Header on goal by Peter Crouch from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

15:06

Unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Miodrag Djudovic results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.

12:29

Floated corner taken by Adam Johnson.

11:46

Inswinging corner taken by Adam Johnson from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Stefan Savic.

9:43

Shot from long distance by Simon Vukcevic misses to the right of the goal.

8:18

Ashley Young has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.

6:45

Shot from just outside the penalty area by Radomir Djalovic misses to the left of the target.

6:21

Stefan Savic challenges Ashley Young unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ashley Young restarts play with the free kick.

1:49

Unfair challenge on Adam Johnson by Milorad Pekovic results in a free kick. Steven Gerrard restarts play with the free kick.

The match has kicked off.

The players leave the pitch at half time.

The referee gets the second half underway.

The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

Match Preview

Wayne Rooney is fit to start for England in the Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley with Fabio Capello convinced he is in the right frame of mind.

The Manchester United striker was considered a major doubt a fortnight ago because of his ankle problem and missed the Red Devils goalless draw with Sunderland.

Rooney was also facing allegations regarding his personal life and had looked a shadow of his former self when playing for United. But he had shone for England in their two Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Switzerland, and his availability is even more important as Darren Bent is sidelined with a groin injury.

England manager Capello said: "Rooney will play. He is feeling good. I spoke with Wayne and he told me his ankle is okay.

"He trained fantastically and without pain.

"He is in a good moment. I spoke with him about different things and he is happy.

"Rooney will play in the same style as he played against Switzerland."

That will mean Peter Crouch earning a recall, playing just ahead of Rooney. Rooney had a hand in the build-up to all four goals against Bulgaria at Wembley and found the net against Switzerland in Basle.

Rio Ferdinand, restored as captain after recovering from injury, is convinced Rooney will be at his best against Montenegro.

He said: "Wayne has been under immense pressure because of the (personal) reasons we know.

"He has been fantastic in training. He has been the same old `Wazza' around the training ground, which we all love.

"If we are going to win anything, we need him playing to his tip-top form.

"I am sure we will see a good performance from him."

Bent had been earmarked to start against Montenegro after scoring his first senior international goal in Switzerland. He has started the season in fine form for Sunderland after the disappointment of not making the World Cup squad.

But he felt pain in his groin during today's training session at Wembley and his bad luck will offer another opportunity for Crouch.

Capello confirmed: "Bent is not fit. He will not play. He felt some little pain (in the groin).

"It is hard on him after scoring the goal against Switzerland but this is the situation and I will play Crouch."

The player was disappointed at yet another setback to his international career, saying on his Twitter account: "Devastated, gutted, upset, angry all words that sum up this situation."

Crouch has averaged a goal every other game throughout his England career and has hit the target 20 times for his country. But he has struggled to win over Capello in terms of being a first-choice selection.

Capello and Ferdinand are both aware of the threat that could be posed by Roma striker Mirko Vucinic. He scored the winner against Switzerland on Friday and celebrated in bizarre fashion by taking off his shorts and placing them on his head.

Capello said: "It was a strange celebration, very strange. He was really happy.

"It was a very important goal. He is one of their dangerous players.

"Montenegro are a good team, defend well and are very dangerous on the counter-attack and also the quality of some players is very high."

Ferdinand said: "I have played against Vucinic a number of times for Manchester United in the Champions League. I said then I thought he was a very talented player.

"I have seen him before. We know who he is. But they have a number of good players. We will be doing all the analysing to make sure there are no surprises.

"His celebration is not one you would get away with in the Premier League, although I am sure there were a few ladies out there who enjoyed it!"

Formation:442Manager: Fabio Capello

England

Formation: 451Manager: Zoran Filipovic

Montenegro

  • Joe Hart
  • Glen Johnson
  • Rio Ferdinand
  • Joleon Lescott
  • Ashley Cole
  • Adam Johnson
  • Steven Gerrard
  • Gareth Barry
  • Ashley Young
  • Wayne Rooney
  • Peter Crouch
  • SUBS
  • Ben Foster
  • Stephen Warnock
  • Gary Cahill
  • Shaun Wright-Phillips
  • Jack Wilshere
  • Stewart Downing
  • Kevin Davies

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Match Report

England booed off after stalemate England left Wembley with the jeers of their own fans ringing in their ears as they failed to score at the rebuilt stadium for the first time and had their 11-match winning streak on home soil ended by Montenegro in a goalless draw. Formerly part of Yugoslavia and attached to Serbia in footballing terms until 2006, Montenegro's population is roughly the same as Leeds. And there was definitely a Yorkshire cussed streak about the Eastern Europeans, who ground out a result that throws England's Euro 2012 qualification hopes back into the melting pot. If there is any consolation it was that the result did not end up being worse as Milan Jovanovic's snap-shot came bouncing back off the bar seven minutes from time with Joe Hart beaten completely. Nevertheless, the Three Lions have certainly conceded the initiative to their opponents, who now have 10 points from four games, three more than England, who have played a game fewer, with everything pointing towards a group decider in Podgorica on October 7 next year. As Montenegro arrived nursing a hat-trick of single goal victories but without main striker Mirko Vucinic, the game's pattern was not hard to predict. Although the visitors did offer a sporadic threat, most of their industry was concentrated in the third of the field England struggled to penetrate. It took no time at all for England to work out there was no clear path through, so they attempted to go long and wide instead. A series of raking Steven Gerrard passes to the touchline released Adam Johnson and Ashley Young, although the end product was lacking. Gerrard looked as though he was trying to prove a point. Overlooked for the captaincy by Fabio Capello, the Liverpool skipper remains the English heartbeat. If anyone could break Montenegro down, it would probably be him. Had Peter Crouch's legs been just long enough to reach another of those potentially inspired passes, delivered from inside Gerrard's own half, as it bounced into the area, the whole game might have changed. As it was, Crouch was unable to make contact, which at least he was able to do when Glen Johnson curled over a cross from the right, only for the Tottenham man, so prolific for his country, to steer his header over. Apart from that, the nearest England came was through a long-range free-kick from Adam Johnson, who looked quite comfortable on his first competitive start. The effort flashed wide but at least Mladen Bozovic had a brief moment of panic, which was a rarity in itself. Hunting in packs, not afraid to concede free-kicks to halt England's momentum, collect yellow cards when the need arose and willing to make the most of knocks they suffered to disrupt the game even further, it didn't make for much of a spectacle. It was very effective though. Having dropped too deep in that opening period, Gerrard tried to push into a more advanced position. He provided the pass which allowed a previously quiet Wayne Rooney to fire a long-range effort over. It was a frustrating evening for the Manchester United man though, who after voicing his protests at Stefan Savic's cynical challenge on Ashley Cole that brought a booking, duly picked one up himself when he raced back 50 yards and needlessly slid in to trip Elsad Zverotic and earn one himself. Almost an hour had passed before England created a decent chance. Not surprisingly, it was created for Rooney by Gerrard, who picked his fellow Merseysider out inside the penalty area with a perfectly weighted pass. Rooney was onto it in an instant but Bozovic was equal to his first-time effort and pounced on the loose ball before Crouch could turn it home. When Young was ruled to have dived trying to win a penalty when he tumbled over Miodrag Dzudovic, it was the trigger for a period of more English frustration as Montenegro stubbornly failed to drift from their one dimensional game plan. Capello's response was to make Kevin Davies England's oldest debutant since 1950. Davies, predictably, was booked before the end. He also provided Rooney with the neat cushioned header that ended with Bozovic making another fine save to deny the striker. Capello was reduced to screaming for a penalty when Jovanovic appeared to use an arm to get the ball under control with no-one around him. Jovanovic got away with that one, and almost profited in spectacular fashion at the other end with a shot that came crashing back off the bar, so close to sealing the finest result in Montenegro's short history. In truth, it probably still was.

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