We’re off to Poland!
Come 10:00pm tonight, a secretary at the FA will more than likely be tapping away at the easyjet website, avoiding the crafty excess baggage fee and sorting out 30-odd plane tickets to Poland and Ukraine next summer.
October 7th, 2011
England face Montenegro tonight knowing that just one measly point will earn them to chance to crash out of Euro 2012 in a quarter-final penalty shootout. England, relatively impressive in qualifying, head into their last game of the season looking near certainties for qualification and things may well be playing well into their hands before match day.
Not only will Wayne Rooney play tomorrow night, despite a family issue back home, but Montenegro look likely to rest a number of players for tonight’s clash.
The reality, Montenegro have given up hope of overcoming England’s six-point advantage in the group, prompting coach Branko Brnovic to admit that he will be resting three of the eight players that he has on a yellow card to ensure that they will be available for their clash with Switzerland. Just a point in that game for Montenegro will see them secure a play-off place so Milan Jovanovic, Nikola Drincic and Marko Basa will get the night off.
“I am forced to do these changes because I can’t risk all eight players being suspended for the last game,” said Brnovic.
“It’s something I have to do. But I strongly believe in the team I’m putting out against England.
We’re not convinced by that last statement and in truth, we don’t think that going into a match against a side with England’s strong away record with your mind on next week is the right way to go about things.
England are hot favourites tonight and so the win/draw/win doesn’t really appeal, so we’re going to back England to win ‘to-nil’.
Capello’s side have kept clean sheets in their last three and so we’re taking up Ladbrokes’ offer of 7/4 on an England win without conceding.
So go forth England fans! Tomorrow evening, you’ll be convincing your significant other that Poland and Ukraine are the next up and coming summer holiday destinations.