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England-Montenegro: Can the Underdogs Take a Bite Out of the Mighty Lions?

Capello hoping for three wins out of three.
Capello hoping for three wins out of three.Michael Regan/Getty Images
Daniel GoochAnalyst IOctober 11, 2010

England faces Montenegro at Wembley for the third game of their Euro 2012 Qualifying campaign.

On the surface, Montenegro looks like a team that could be pushed aside by the Three Lions, but dig a little deeper, and there is a firery squad ready to cause an upset.

At the moment England are cruising in Group G. After winning both games they have collected all six points and scored 7 goals already. 

Surprisingly, Montenegro are on top with a three point lead, but England do have a game in hand.

The so-called "underdog" have taken the maximum 9 points from their three games, with 1-nil wins over Wales, Bulgaria and Switzerland.

Montenegro are currently building an impressive clean record away from home, and will try and keep it going when they visit Wembley stadium.

On paper, it is doubtful the record will continue.

Seeing as Montenegro only split away from Serbia a few years ago, these two teams have never met before. There is no previous records to ponder over, instead they will be starting their own piece of history.

As things stand now, Montenegro has a very good chance of playing in their first ever European Championship finals.

They should not get big headed though. Things can go wrong so they need to keep up their good performance.

England has won their games 4-0 and 3-1. Watching at these games, I could see that they have put their World Cup humiliation behind them and are on their way to European success.

If I was a betting man, I would have to say England will win this game convincingly.

Team News

It's not the best news for England as yet again John Terry, still suffering from a back injury, will be unable to feature.

Darren Bent injured himself in training, so lanky Peter Crouch will partner with Wayne Rooney upfront.

Phil Jagielka will also be absent from the team with a tight hamstring, which could keep him out for six more weeks. Lescott will fill in for him in defence.

After all the speculation about the England captaincy, Rio Ferdinand has been given the armband over Steven Gerrard.

England likely line-up: Hart, G Johnson, Ferdinand, Lescott, A Cole, A Johnson, Gerrard, Barry, Milner, Rooney, Crouch

My prediction ...... 3-0.

 

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