Branko Brnovic dashes England spirits
With only two points separating the men from the boys at the top of World Cup Qualifying Group H, tomorrow night’s clash at the Podgorica Stadium will go a long way to deciding who will top the group – with the campaign only halfway through before the game.
March 25th, 2013
Montenegro hosts England in a game which sees the home side keen to extend their lead at the top of the table. An away win will see England top by one point and a summer which gives them the opportunity of two friendly games to try and experiment with the line-up somewhat.
Montenegro has not lost at home since going down to a 1-0 defeat against the Czech Republic in November 2011 – a play-off game which prevented them from playing in Euro 2012. With this highly impressive record in mind, the national team needed just one seed of doubt to be planted in English minds over the result; and with the niggling reminder of Wayne Rooney’s temper against Montenegro costing him two finals appearances last summer, as well as head coach Branko Brnovic’s strong hint that England are “scared” ahead of this game, they might just have done it.
He even hinted that England have booked two friendly games in November against Argentina and Germany with all the arrogance of a side that will win its group; not expecting to instead play off from their group runners-up finish for a place in Brazil next summer, should Montenegro take top spot.
“Perhaps they did this before the qualifiers because definitely they believe in themselves but maybe after this game on Tuesday they will have to cancel them.”
Fighting words, indeed – let’s see how our boys square up tomorrow night.