Montenegro vs. England: Predicting the England Starting XI

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Montenegro vs. England: Predicting the England Starting XI
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England were widely criticized for their performance in the World Cup but since then, they have regained their form and confidence under Fabio Capello and have had a strong qualifying campaign for the Euro Championships. Many new players have been brought into the fold since the World Cup and the England manager does have a good pool of talent to choose from for the Euro Championships.

Montenegro have also been decent in their qualifying group and will provide a stern test for Capello's men. England only need a point for securing a safe passage to the Euro Championship and will hope that they can have a decent result this week. Capello has called some new faces to the squad and has chosen not to risk Steven Gerrard and Rio Ferdinand, who have just returned from injury.

Capello has come under severe criticism in the past but he is one of the most experienced and successful managers in the world and the passionate England supporters will hope that he can steer them into the Euro Championships and that they have a good tournament in 2012.

The squad for the game against Montenegro is:

Goalkeepers: Carson (Bursaspor), Hart (Man City), Stockdale (Ipswich).

Defenders: Baines (Everton), Cahill (Bolton), Cole (Chelsea), Jagielka (Everton), Jones (Man Utd), Richards (Man City), Terry (captain, Chelsea), Walker (Tottenham).

Midfielders: Barry (Man City), Downing ­(Liverpool), Johnson (Man City), Lampard (Chelsea), Milner (Man City), Parker (Tottenham), Walcott (Arsenal), Young (Man Utd).

Strikers: Bent (Aston Villa), Carroll (Liverpool), Rooney (Man Utd), Welbeck (Man Utd), Zamora (Fulham).

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