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Montenegro v England: Reaction

Tonight's key results...

  • Montenegro 1 England 1
  • Serbia 2 Scotland 0
  • Northern Ireland 0 Israel 2
  • Republic of Ireland 2 Austria 2
  • Wales 1 Croatia 2
  • France 0 Spain 1


England manager Roy Hodgson salutes the fans ahead of the match...
by Simon Rice (Online Sports... on Mar 26, 2013 at 7:37 PM
Rooney puts England ahead after 5 mins.
by Simon Rice (Online Sports... on Mar 26, 2013 at 8:24 PM

England celebrate after taking the lead through Wayne Rooney's header.
by Simon Rice (Online Sports... on Mar 26, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Damjanovic scores the equaliser for Montenegro after 77 mins.
by Simon Rice (Online Sports... on Mar 26, 2013 at 10:15 PM

England look dejected after Montenegro equalise.
by Simon Rice (Online Sports... on Mar 26, 2013 at 10:06 PM


Much of the pre-match talk has focused on Wayne Rooney - and whether he can keep his temper in check. Of course the reason why is because last time England faced Montenegro, the striker lashed out and got himself sent off for his troubles. Watch the incident here...
by Simon Rice (Online Sports... on Mar 26, 2013 at 3:04 PM

  • 3/26/2013 3:00:31 PM

    1. Montenegro won its first Olympic medal as an independent country when it claimed silver in the women's handball at the London 2012 Olympics
    2. Montenegro gained its independence from neighbours Serbia in a 2006 referendum in which 55.5 per cent of those who voted wished for a split.
    3. Water polo is considered the national sport of Montenegro. Montenegro won the European title in 2008 with a 6-5 win over Serbia.
    4. One of Montenegro's national dishes is krap - a form of carp from Skadar Lake prepared with dried plums, apples and quince.
    5. Montenegro played their first match in a 2-1 friendly win over Hungary in March 2007. Two months later the nation was elected as FIFA's 208th member.
    6. Podgorica is the capital of Montenegro, with a population of approximately 160,000. Its name is translated as "under the small hill".
    7. Montenegro are ranked 28th in the latest FIFA rankings, seven places above neighbours Serbia.
    8. Part of the James Bond film 'Casino Royale' was purportedly set in Montenegro. However, the scenes were actually shot in the Czech Republic.
    9. Former Yugoslavian football stars Dejan Savicevic and Predrag Mijatovic were both born in the pre-independence Montenegro.
    10. Montenegro has never reached the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. Its 2013 entry is a song called 'Igranka' by hip-hop duo Who See.
    3/26/2013 3:09:00 PM
  • The Independent's Sam Wallace is in Montenegro for tonight's match and he's been chatting to the local FA about the pitch...
    Asked Montenegro FA official about rumour pitch waterlogged. 'The pitch is perfect. I'm on it now. No problem, no water, just green grass' Sam Wallace via Twitter at 9:00 AM

    3/26/2013 3:10:59 PM
  • Wayne Rooney and Tom Cleverley pictured heading out for a training session in Montenegro.

    3/26/2013 3:14:04 PM
  • A clean sheet without you, Rio?
    I'm going for Mon 0 - 2 Eng....Rooney + Welbeck with the goals. All the best boys Rio Ferdinand via Twitter at 5:20 PM

    3/26/2013 6:02:44 PM
  • Tonight's programme suggests there could see some unfamiliar names turning out for England. Can you work out who Vejn Runi is?

    3/26/2013 6:09:39 PM
  • Ready to combat the loud locals

    3/26/2013 6:11:40 PM
  • Rauf Aliyev has just been sent off for a second bookable offence for Azerbaijan. Can Portugal capitalise against their depleted hosts now?.....
    3/26/2013 6:18:18 PM
  • Sergi Mosnikov  has put Estonia 1-0 up against Andorra early into the second half
    3/26/2013 6:19:27 PM

  • Scotland's World Cup qualifier against Serbia due to go ahead at 19:30 GMT after passing a pitch inspection following heavy snow. BBC Sport via Twitter at 6:13 PM

    3/26/2013 6:19:56 PM
  • Just to confirm..
    England team to play Montenegro:

    Joe Hart, Glen Johnson, Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard (c), Joleon Lescott, Chris Smalling, James Milner, Michael Carrick, Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney, Tom Cleverley.
    3/26/2013 6:55:14 PM
  • The final whistles are blown in Estonia and Azerbaijan.....

    Estonia 2 - 0  Andorra
    Azerbaijan 0 - 2 Portugal
    3/26/2013 6:56:48 PM
  • As things stand in Group  F:

    1. Russia
    2. Portugal 11
    3. Israel 8
    4. N. Ireland 3
    5. Azerbaijan 3
    6. Luxembourg 2
    3/26/2013 6:58:57 PM
  • And in Group  D:

    1. Holland 15
    2. Hungary 10
    3. Romania 10
    4. Turkey  6
    5. Estonia 3
    6. Andorra 0
    3/26/2013 7:00:35 PM
  • At the moment Danny Welbeck leads the way  in the First Goalscorer Poll (36%) - who do you think will break the stalemate in Podgorica?
    3/26/2013 7:02:37 PM
  • The match between Ukraine and Moldova kicks off in Kiev
    3/26/2013 7:03:41 PM
  • Italy's match in Malta will see Gianluigi Buffon become the joint-second most capped Italian international alongside Paolo Maldini (126) - and 10 behind Fabio Cannavaro. Incidentally, Cesare Prandelli's starting eleven comprises of just Juventus and AC Milan players
    3/26/2013 7:08:08 PM
  • Atmosphere building up in Podgorica

    3/26/2013 7:12:01 PM

  • Good evening folks - Ger here signing in for Twitter duty! Here are the line-ups for tonight #IRLAUT #LiveFAI t.coFAI via Twitter at 6:56 PM

    3/26/2013 7:15:00 PM
  • 3/26/2013 7:16:19 PM
  • The Three Lions versus....
    The Montenegrin team is known as ‘The Brave Falcons’. #Eng The FA via Twitter at 7:15 PM

    3/26/2013 7:17:27 PM
  • HT - Turkey 0 - 0 Hungary
    3/26/2013 7:18:40 PM

  • Looks a bit crazy in the Montenegro end. The fans appear to be fighting each other. And there's still 40 mins to kick-off ... Sam Wallace via Twitter at 7:18 PM

    3/26/2013 7:19:02 PM

  • We'll be filtering the views of The Independent's Kevin Garside through tonight. Here's his view on the starting line-up and what the match means tonight...
    disappointed not to see the Ox in the starting line-up. Milner a vote for containment over flair Kevin Garside via Twitter at 6:47 PM

    England model improved under Hodgson. good test of progress tonight Kevin Garside via Twitter at 5:58 PM

    3/26/2013 7:24:37 PM
  • The City Stadium in Podgorica looks like a welcoming place...

    3/26/2013 7:28:15 PM
  • We're now less than half an hour away from kick-off.  Earlier we asked you who you think would win tonight. It would seem the majority of you are feeling optimistic - 65 per cent of you think England will win. 15 per cent go for the draw.
    3/26/2013 7:33:12 PM
  • ITV have shown footage of the Montenegro fans fighting among themselves. Our man Sam Wallace is there at the City Stadium...
    Looks a bit crazy in the Montenegro end. The fans appear to be fighting each other. And there's still 40 mins to kick-off ... Sam Wallace via Twitter at 7:18 PM
    3/26/2013 7:34:33 PM
  • It was made very clear that no English fans were involved in the trouble.
    3/26/2013 7:35:01 PM
  • Here's a picture of the security as fans enter the stadium...

    3/26/2013 7:35:37 PM
  • England manager Roy Hodgson salutes the fans ahead of the match...

    3/26/2013 7:37:32 PM
  • Speaking to ITV ahead of the match, Gary Neville picks out the "intelligent" duo of Stevan Jovetic and Mirko Vucinic as the main threat tonight.

    You can read more about the pair of 'Ferraris' by clicking here.

    The former Manchester United defender adds...
    These are the kind of games you need to win

    3/26/2013 7:43:47 PM
  • There have been questions asked about the state of the pitch. Take a look for yourself...

    3/26/2013 7:44:57 PM
  • The Independent's Kevin Garside is unsure about the selection of James Milner for tonight's match...

    Milner tends to stay wide and does not offer enough attacking threat for a player occupying an offensive position
    What do you think of the Manchester City man's inclusion? Let us know by using the 'Make a comment' button.
    3/26/2013 7:47:03 PM
  • The Montenegro fans are known for their 'passion'. Here they are celebrating in front of the England fans after the 2-2 draw during qualification for Euro 2012.

    3/26/2013 7:50:53 PM
  • Adrian Chiles is really milking the crowd situation - describing the home fans as 'lunatics' going 'berserk'.
    3/26/2013 7:54:37 PM
  • The Montenegro team are slow to come out of the dressing room - by a couple of minutes. As they chat it over in the studio Lee Dixon refers to Roy Keane as "the tunnel game master". Dangerous move Lee.

    The teams are on their way out now.
    3/26/2013 7:56:25 PM
  • Despite the Montenegro fans being "lunatics" - they manage to respect England's national anthem.
    3/26/2013 7:58:40 PM
  • The action will be underway in just a couple of minutes...
    3/26/2013 7:59:30 PM
  • 1 min: We're off... and straight away that hostile atmosphere we've been hearing about is in full evidence with the home fans booing England in possession.
    3/26/2013 8:02:36 PM
  • 3 min: So close from Rooney. The United man picked up the ball on the half-way line and took it forward. He spotted the keeper had slipped and played a delightful chip which comes back out off the post.
    3/26/2013 8:04:54 PM

  • Rather marvellous black lustre to the Rooney barnet
    Kevin Garside
    via Twitter at 8:02 PM

    Unlucky there Rooney! #KeeperNoWhere
    Ed Spencer
    via Twitter at 8:05 PM

    Rooney! Sooo close
    Kafi Osman
    via Twitter at 8:05 PM

    What a chip by Rooney. A pity it hit the post #Eng #Montenegro #WCQ
    David Beckham
    via Twitter at 8:05 PM

    3/26/2013 8:05:49 PM
  • GOAL!

    England take the lead through Wayne Rooney!
    3/26/2013 8:08:04 PM
  • 8 min: Great start this from England. The away side win a corner which Gerrard takes. It comes out to Johnson and he thumps it from range, with the keeper tipping it over. From the next corner Rooney is there to nod in unmarked.
    3/26/2013 8:09:30 PM
  • The Independent's Kevin Garside...

    Not bad for a long ball team. Kevin Garside via Twitter at 8:08 PM

    3/26/2013 8:10:17 PM
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