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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

  • 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
  • 10 min: Montenegro finally settling a little and go on the attack but England counter and a Gerrard pass nearly finds Cleverley breaking into the box.
    3/26/2013 8:11:24 PM
  • The Independent's Sam Wallace is there at  the City Stadium. Here's what he makes of it so far...
    Montenegro national anthem extremely brooding, in a our-troops-are-massing-at-your-border type way. 9/10 for intimidation value Sam Wallace via Twitter at 8:00 PM
    1-0 to England. Rooney header. Montenegro look all over the place. Pitch pretty awful. Gerrard getting bombarded by fans when taking corners Sam Wallace via Twitter at 8:08 PM

    3/26/2013 8:12:49 PM
  • A couple of goals in tonight's other games. Wales are beating Croatia and Ireland are losing at home to Austria.
    3/26/2013 8:14:08 PM
  • 15 min: Excellent pressure from Rooney and Montenegro gift the ball to Welbeck. The United man fails to take advantage when he should have done better.
    3/26/2013 8:16:58 PM
  • 17 min: The home fans sound very organised - they appear to have some guy on the loud speaker geeing up the fans. Milner shoots across goal from just inside the box.
    3/26/2013 8:18:46 PM
  • 20 min: Some good closing down and then England begin knocking it around. It breaks down though when Rooney tries a cheeky flick. The Montenegro fans fail to see the funny side though - and roundly boo the United striker.
    3/26/2013 8:22:08 PM
  • 22 min: Montenegro win a corner and the volume goes up a notch. Vucinic hits it very deep and England win a goal-kick. Poor.
    3/26/2013 8:23:01 PM
  • Rooney puts England ahead after 5 mins.

    3/26/2013 8:24:00 PM
  • 26 min: Some good work from Vucinic puts England under pressure but England break brilliantly again. Welbeck brings it out and after the ball ends up at the feet of Rooney inside the Montenegro box the former nearly benefits from his United team-mate's cross - but it's just over his head.
    3/26/2013 8:27:10 PM
  • 27 min: Welbeck should have done better there. He gets behind the defence but a heavy touch allows Montenegro to recover.
    3/26/2013 8:28:02 PM
  • 28 min: Close yet again for England. Welbeck involved again before the ball goes wide left to Milner. He fizzes is across the box and finds Rooney at the back post but the No 10 can't control it.
    3/26/2013 8:29:47 PM
  • Welbeck dividing opinion on Twitter...
    Welbeck looking very lively #England Chris kenny via Twitter at 8:29 PM

    Welbeck has fluffed a couple of chances already Turaninho☕ via Twitter at 8:29 PM

    Welbeck and Cleverley are so overrated. If they both played for Stoke there's nowhere they'd be in the England team. Daniel James via Twitter at 8:29 PM

    3/26/2013 8:30:54 PM
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