England 4 Montenegro 1 – Andros Townsend caps debut with stunning goal
England are close to qualifying for the 2014 World Cup after a 4-1 victory against Montenegro on Friday night, with all five goals being scored in the second half of the match.
October 11th, 2013
Roy Hodgson sprung a surprise before the match when selecting Andros Townsend on the right wing and the Tottenham youngster didn’t disappoint with an excellent display which was capped when scoring England’s third goal to put the game out of reach.
The first half of the match was a largely cagey affair, with Montenegro defending deep and England were unable to create many chances of note, with Townsend forcing the keeper into a save which saw the ball find Rooney although the Manchester United forward couldn’t hit the target.
However, Hodgson’s team were a goal to the good shortly after the break when the England forwards of Danny Welbeck, Daniel Sturridge and Rooney combined nicely to allow the latter to fire home from close range.
England’s lead was doubled in the 62nd minute when Branko Boskovic inadvertently put the ball past his own keeper and the Three Lions looked home and dry, although Dejan Damjanovic was on target ten minutes later to set up a potentially nervy finish.
That man Townsend had other ideas and his stunning effort went into the net off the post to cap a dream debut for a player who is virtually on the plane to Brazil providing England get there.
Daniel Sturridge made the scoreline even more emphatic by scoring from the penalty spot, with Poland standing between England and a place in the World Cup finals.