Euro 2012 qual. - Facts: England v Montenegro

Mon, 11 Oct 13:46:00 2010

Key stats ahead of England's crunch Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley.

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HEAD TO HEAD

England and Montenegro have never met before in international football.

England did play against Serbia and Montenegro once, in a friendly international on 3 Jun 2003, which they won 2-1.

Until 1990, England met the former nation of Yugoslavia on 14 occasions, winning five times, losing four (5-5-4).

Both Yugoslavia and England only met once at a major tournament. At the 1968 European Championship, Yugoslavia defeated England 1-0 in the semifinals.

ENGLAND

England have started their qualification campaign for Euro 2012 with two straight victories.

Overall, England have won their last three international matches.

Their last defeat was the 4-1 loss vs. Germany at the 2010 World Cup.

England have won their last 11 matches at Wembley, a record for most consecutive victories at the stadium.

With their latest win at Wembley, the 4-1 vs. Bulgaria on 3 Sep 2010, England improved upon the former best mark, their 10 successive wins from 1954 to 1957.

England are unbeaten at Wembley under Fabio Capello.

They have scored 45 goals in their 14 matches at Wembley under manager Fabio Capello – an average of 3.21 goals per match – and conceded only ten times.

Wayne Rooney, Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe (all 7 goals) are the equal-top scorers at Wembley under Capello.

Captain Steven Gerrard is the most experienced member of the squad with 87 caps. He is the 8th most capped player for England, two behind Michael Owen.

MONTENEGRO

Montenegro have started their qualification campaign for Euro 2012 with three straight victories.

The Netherlands, Germany and Norway are the only other countries so far to have started their Euro 2012 qualification with three successive wins.

Montenegro have won their last four international matches, a national record.

Their last defeat came in a friendly international at Norway (2-1), on 29 May 2010.

As this is Montenegro’s first ever qualification cycle for the European Championship, they have won every European Championship qualifier they have ever played.

In their only other qualification campaign so far, for the 2010 World Cup, Montenegro won only one of their 10 matches, yet they went without a defeat in their last three WC qualifiers.

Therefore, Montenegro are unbeaten in their last six qualification matches for either European Championship or World Cup.

Their last defeat in qualification was a 4-1 defeat at Bulgaria on 5 September 2009, in the 2010 World Cup qualification campaign.

Captain Mirko Vucinic is Montenegro’s top scorer with 11 goals in 21 international matches. Five of those goals have come in qualification matches.

Vucinic scored the only goal in Montenegro’s both home wins in the Euro 2012 qualification, vs. Wales (1-0) and Switzerland (1-0).

Head coach is Croatia’s Zlatko Kranjcar, father of Tottenham Hotspur player Niko Kranjcar.

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