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England v Montenegro: The latest news and score from the World Cup qualifier at Wembley - as it happened


By SIMON RICE
Townsend celebrates his debut goal for England
by Simon Rice (Online Sports... on Oct 11, 2013 at 9:45 PM

  • FULL TIME: England 4 Montenegro 1
    • Rooney scores after 49 mins
    • Own goal by Boskovic after 62 mins
    • Damjanovic pulls one back after 72 mins
    • Townsend scores on debut after 77 mins
    • Sturridge wins and scores a penalty in injury time
    • Result: Ukraine 1 Poland 0
    • England now certain to finish first or second in Group H
    10/11/2013 4:17:33 PM
  • HT: Ukraine have beaten Poland 1-0.
    10/11/2013 7:55:29 PM
  • 46 mins: We're back underway here and England will know they must win tonight if they want to keep automatic qualification hopes in their own hands. A draw would see Ukraine end the night at the top of the table.
    10/11/2013 8:00:39 PM
  • 48 mins: Cahill with a silly pass across the back that goes out for a throw-in. Wakey wakey England - Montenegro have started this half with a little more purpose.
    10/11/2013 8:03:13 PM
  • 49 mins - GOAL!: Rooney, Rooney, Rooney! The England number 10 does it again. Great run from Townsend down the right hand side who then crosses to Welbeck. The United man shoots first time but sees it saved. It falls to his club team-mate who tucks it in from a couple of yards out. Relief at Wembley. For now...
    10/11/2013 8:04:41 PM
  • 52 mins: Are you Stoke in disguise? Volkov with a huge long throw into the box but England deal with it.
    10/11/2013 8:07:27 PM
  • 55 mins: Penalty shouts as Sturridge tumbles in the box but he made the most of that. Decent build-up play by England again though with Rooney playing a lovely pass forward. Walker booked.
    10/11/2013 8:10:09 PM
  • 56 mins - SAVE!: Hart comes to England's rescue after a dangerous whipped cross is flicked on by Damjanovic towards the back post. He needed that. Walker will miss the game against Poland due to that booking.
    10/11/2013 8:11:44 PM
  • 59 mins: Rooney overlaps Townsend on the right hand side and his cross confuses the hell out of Montenegro. It's headed out for a corner but England can't do anything with it.
    10/11/2013 8:13:50 PM
  • 60 mins: More confusion at the back for Montenegro as Gerrard's long ball forward is nodded behind by accident. From the corner Townsend is able to shoot from just inside the box. Keeper deals with it.
    10/11/2013 8:15:15 PM
  • Rooney scores for England after 49 mins

    10/11/2013 8:15:27 PM
  • 62 mins - GOAL!: Own goal from Montenegro and England are 2-0 up. Welbeck and Sturridge combine well before the ball is pulled back. And it's a fine finish. But unfortunately for Boskovic it's into his own net.
    10/11/2013 8:17:40 PM
  • 65 mins - OFF THE BAR!: Montenegro nearly respond immediately. Jovetic with a fantastic crack from outside the box that whacks the bar. Carrick is on for Lampard. It's keep ball time for England.
    10/11/2013 8:20:39 PM
  • 67 mins: Wilshere will be furious with that second goal. A foreigner has scored for England!
    10/11/2013 8:22:32 PM
  • 71 mins - CHANCES! Gerrard won't like watching that back. Welbeck slips a great ball into Rooney who then pulls it back for the captain. He gets it all wrong though and hits it wide. Welbeck then finds the ball at his feet from a corner but the keeper gets behind it. England all over Montenegro right now...
    10/11/2013 8:26:02 PM
  • 72 mins - GOAL! Montenegro pull one back...
    10/11/2013 8:26:57 PM
  • 72 mins - GOAL! Where did that come from? Montenegro pull one back... A shot from a tight angle gets the slightest clip from Damjanovic and it goes into the far corner of the net. Nothing Hart could do about that but everyone is back on the edge of their seat here at Wembley.
    10/11/2013 8:28:33 PM
  • 75 mins Sturridge with a cheeky chip from the edge of the box but that won't worry the keeper. Montenegro back with the wind in their sails just minutes after England appeared on the verge of blowing their house down. Such a change of atmosphere here inside Wembley.
    10/11/2013 8:30:04 PM
  • Boskovic puts into his own net.

    10/11/2013 8:30:58 PM
  • 77 mins Rooney with a shot from distance but it's a bit tame really. Good to see England still looking for a goal rather than clinging on for dear life. I assume that'll be happening shortly though.
    10/11/2013 8:32:42 PM
  • 79 mins - GOAL!: What a moment for Townsend - cracking goal that puts England 3-1 up... The Spurs man shoots from well outside the box and sees his swerving shot come off the inside of the post. Well done Roy. You picked him - he scored.
    10/11/2013 8:33:48 PM
  • 81 mins - STANDING OVATION: Moments after that goal Townsend is taken off to be replaced by Wilshere.
    10/11/2013 8:36:03 PM
  • 83 mins: England keeping the ball again now with Montenegro looking a beaten team. That Jovetic has come off won't have helped their hopes of pulling this back.
    10/11/2013 8:38:43 PM
  • There's Damjanovic scoring Montenegro's goal.

    10/11/2013 8:41:20 PM
  • 88 mins: Poor from Sturridge who strayed offside when he and Rooney were two-on-one. Milner is on for Gerrard which means Rooney is now wearing an armband on his head and his arm.
    10/11/2013 8:43:12 PM
  • Jack Wilshere, possibly checking for 'no smoking' signs.

    10/11/2013 8:44:54 PM
  • Townsend celebrates his debut goal for England

    10/11/2013 8:45:23 PM
  • 90 + 1 mins: Final few minutes with four to be played in extra-time. England cruising.
    10/11/2013 8:46:01 PM
  • 90 + 2 mins - PENALTY: Still some drama here - penalty to England as Sturridge is taken down in the box.
    10/11/2013 8:47:43 PM
  • 90 + 3 mins - GOAL!: Easy as you like - Sturridge wins it and takes it, slotting it to the right with the keeper diving the other way. That caps off a fine night for England.
    10/11/2013 8:48:41 PM
  • FT: That's it - job done for England.
    10/11/2013 8:49:42 PM
  • FT: So England stay on top of Group H with 19 points. Ukraine are in second with 18 points. Montenegro are now four points behind in third which means a top-two place is assured for the Three Lions. A win against Poland on Tuesday will see England on their way to Brazil for sure. An if they don't win, they'll at least get another shot at it in the play-offs.
    10/11/2013 8:51:37 PM
  • FT: An impressive display from England, a poor one from Montenegro and we're left wondering why we were all so worried. The visitors frustrated Hodgson's side in the first half but England kept plugging away and were well rewarded in the second period.
    10/11/2013 8:53:50 PM
  • FT: As usual, it was Rooney who proved crucial with the Manchester United striker breaking the deadlock. A goal apiece followed and then it was time for Townsend to take centre stage. Making his England debut, the Spurs midfielder scored a cracking goal that capped a man-of-the-match performance. Theo Walcott is in the ITV studio tonight and the Arsenal winger may well be wondering when he'll next get a chance in the side after that performance.
    10/11/2013 8:56:47 PM
  • FT: Things were then rounded off when Sturridge won and scored a penalty in injury time. There had been much focus on the Liverpool forward before this match and that goal will only help his confidence.
    10/11/2013 8:58:27 PM
  • FT: So next up - Poland. I'll be back here at Wembley for that one on Tuesday. Hope you can join me, but in the meantime, follow me on Twitter @simonrice
    10/11/2013 9:00:09 PM
  • Sturridge caps off a fine night for England with an injury-time penalty.

    10/11/2013 9:01:19 PM
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