Montenegro coach claims England are running scared
The biggest match of England’s World Cup qualification campaign takes place on Tuesday night and there has been fighting talk from the Montenegro coach
March 25th, 2013
Branko Brnovic is clearly not a man that likes to mince his words and the coach of Montenegro has reacted angrily to the words of the English camp who he feels are complacent about qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
Brnovic is also annoyed by the visitors questioning the state of the pitch ahead of a match which will see the two teams meet just two years after Wayne Rooney was sent off during a qualifying game for Euro 2012.
“We respect and appreciate the English team, but even more so we appreciate our own qualities,” said Brnovic.
“I’m sure we’ll make the most of them tomorrow. I’ve read statements from some English players about the way the pitch will look. As far as I know, the English have always favoured long passes, so who should complain about this? Us, with [Mirko] Vucinic, [Stevan] Jovetic, [Marko] Basa, or England? They’re also intimidated by our fans. All these stories are coming from their side. That shows they’re more scared of this game than we are.”
Montenegro are two points clear of England in Group H and could potentially go eight clear if they win on Tuesday night and then defeat Ukraine in June. Brnovic believes the Three Lions might have their work cut out to beat the home side.
“We are the leaders in our group this time. We’re not chasing after anything and we have nothing to prove. This will be quite a spectacle.
“I hear England have [pencilled in] friendlies against Germany and Argentina in November. Perhaps they did so before the start of the qualifiers, because definitely they believe in themselves. Perhaps after the game with us tomorrow they will have to cancel them, and they may suffer a penalty. Who knows? We want to take the opportunity ahead of us. I’m not saying we can’t lose the game tomorrow, but England will really have to toil to beat us.”