Breaking Down Stevan Jovetic's Performance vs. England

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Breaking Down Stevan Jovetic's Performance vs. England
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Montengro's chances of an upset against England at Wembley were always going to be very slim, and any that existed were placed on the shoulders of young Manchester City attacker Stevan Jovetic.

Jovetic, who joined City during the summer transfer window from ACF Fiorentina for a reported sum of £22 million, has struggled to find the pitch early in his time in England due to a nagging hamstring injury.

He detailed his health issues in an interview with The Sport Review:

When I arrived I had a problem with my hamstring. The other players were already playing and I was doing the preparation.  

Then I went away with the national team and I came back with another little problem and the team were playing well. I played against Stoke and after that I played against Wigan and I felt good.  

I didn't play against Everton because I've had a problem for two days. I spoke with the manager and he didn't want to risk me and felt it was better that I didn't play.  

I would like to have played more going into this game but I've had a couple of injuries and not been able to get a run in the team.

In fact, Jovetic has only appeared in one league fixture for the Blues, a 0-0 draw against Stoke City. Jovetic has also featured in the 5-0 romp of Wigan Atheltic, netting two goals in the League Cup fixture.  

City fans unfamiliar with Jovetic's play were privy to quite a welcoming party this week at Wembley. The 23-year-old Montenegrin skipper knew that, if an upset at Wembley would be achieved, he would have to spoil the day for Man City teammate Joe Hart.

To make the setting even more dramatic, England were in desperate need of full points.

A 4-1 final score and Who Scored? awarding England 61 percent of possession are not indicative of the Montenegro side—with Jovetic leading by example. When the two sides went in level at the break, Jovetic was all over the pitch and causing troubles in England's half.

However, England struck immediately following the restart of play and a dubious own goal saw Montenegro fall down two early in the second half.  

Montenegro's skipper began to turn the tides for his team, as an incredible strike from well outside the 18-yard box beat Hart, but the crossbar denied what would have been a spectacular goal in the 62nd minute.

A beautiful goal from Dejan Damjanovic in the 70th minute made things interesting before Jovetic was substituted in the 80th minute and England eventually ran away with a 4-1 win.

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City fans should be excited for Jovetic to see more time in the Premiership.

His work rate is incredible and his leadership was extremely evident, despite his age. During an England substitution, Jovetic ran to the tactical box and discussed tactics and personnel with his manager. After being substituted, the entire Montenegro bench stood up and issued praise for his work on the pitch.

Jovetic looks to be the real deal, and his ability to play wide left, centrally and up top should afford him the chance to shine in blue this season.

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