Tuesday October 12, 2010 Group Stage: Group G Finished Wembley

England 0 - 0 Montenegro

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  1. Euro 2012 qual. - Lacklustre England draw blank

    Euro 2012 qual. - Lacklustre England draw blank

    England were booed off after losing their 100 per cent Euro 2012 qualifying record as Montenegro held them to a 0-0 draw at Wembley. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • England
    • Montenegro
    • 90+4' Boos ring out at the final whistle as the Montenegrins celebrate! It finishes goalless.
    • 90+2' It's not going to happen for England, who are launching it long and looking surprised when the ball comes back.
    • 90+1' Three minutes of added time to be played. Last chance for England...
    • 90' BARRY!! Hits a right-foot shot from 10 yards but he doesn't catch it cleanly and Bozovic saves!
    • 89' England get the ball after a foul throw, and SWP aims it into the box... a right scramble.
    • 88' It's a decent free-kick, but Davies is penalised for daring to challenge the goalkeeper.
    • 88' Capello is out of his dugout after a cynical foul on SWP. Can Gerrard deliver a better ball here?
    • 87' Ferdinand knocks it long for Davies, who cannot stop his header skipping out for a goal kick.
    • 85' It had to come. Yellow card Kevin Davies for raising his arms in the proximity of a Montenegrin.
    • 85' Poor free-kick from Gerrard, curling it into the box but making it easy for Bozovic.
    • 84' OFF THE BAR!!! Stunning strike from Jovanovic, who smashes a long shot that clatters back off the woodwork!
    • 83' Montenegro change: Fatos Beciraj on for the captain Branko Boskovic.
    • 82' Rare misplaced pass from Ashley Cole, and England fans react with much gnashing of teeth.
    • 81' And that's Kevin Davies's first foul in international football, jumping through the back of Kascelan.
    • 80' Another good ball from the belatedly influential Gerrard, but SWP just cannot get there. Ten minutes remaining.
    • 79' A good England move flounders when SWP plays the right ball to Adam Johnson, but puts too much pace on the pass.
    • 78' Oh, Jovanovic has got away with one there! A clear handball. Hit him on the bicep, absolutely deliberate.
    • 78' Big handball shout against Jovanovic in the Montenegro box! Referee Manuel Grafe says not! Will have to see a replay..
    • 77' Montenegro substitution: Adrija Belibasic replaces Djalovic, a like for like change up front.
    • 76' Adam Johnson wins a free-kick off Kascelan, whose challenge was rash down by corner flag.
    • 75' Fabio has his arms folded on the touchline. It's just not happening.
    • 74' Great. Shaun Wright-Phillips. He comes on for Ashley Young.
    • 73' GREAT SAVE BOZOVIC!! Rooney seizes on a loose ball after good work by Davies and smashes the ball goalwards, but the goalkeeper sticks out a strong arm and repels it.
    • 73' Adam Johnson plays a diagonal ball in towards Rooney who attempts a flicked header but gets it completely wrong!
    • 72' Davies crosses from the right towards Rooney, but it is headed out for a corner.
    • 71' Can Davies unlock Montenegro? Or will he just get booked twice in five minutes?
    • 70' England change: Kevin Davies becomes England's oldest debutant in 60 years. He replaces Crouch.
    • 69' The impressive Kascelan finds Boskovic on the left, but rather than aim for the box he pulls it back and Gerrard regains possession.
    • 68' Crouch is deemed to have held back Jovanovic challenging for a ball on the right... mainly because he was.
    • 67' Ashley Young comes across for a new pair of boots, and in so doing swaps flanks with Adam Johnson.
    • 66' Ashley Cole fouls Vukcevic, and this is all getting very niggly indeed.
    • 65' Kascelan tries his luck from long range... sends it a yard or two wide of the right-hand post.
    • 64' Young booms a free-kick out for a goal-kick to much tutting from an increasingly agitated Wembley.
    • 63' A flurry of bookings here - this time Gareth Barry for leading with the arm as he challenges the new man Kascelan.
    • 62' Montenegro substitution: Mladen Kasceland replaces Mitar Novakovic.
    • 61' Better from England, as Ashley Cole crosses from the left. Poor, and cut out.
    • 60' Ashley Young booked for diving inside the box!! He knocks the ball past Dzudovic and throws himself thatrically to the ground! England want a penalty but referee Manuel Grafe is having none of it! Thing is, if he'd just kept running he may well have been fouled - but a clear dive.
    • 59' ROONEY!! He goes close after a fine Steven Gerrard ball finds him 10 yards out. Bozovic makes himself big, stops the shot and smothers the rebound before Crouch can get there. England's best piece of football.
    • 58' Adam Johnson goes for goal from 35 yards... powerful shot but always flying a yard or so over.
    • 57' Yellow card Basa now, for a late challenge on Ashley Young. But he succeeds in stopping the flow of the game.
    • 56' Crouch penalised and Montenegro take it quickly to Vukcevic out on the right... Cole does well to win the ball back.
    • 55' Crouch heads down for Rooney who nearly seizes on it, but there is a flag up for offside against Crouch.
    • 53' Barry gives it away, Rooney makes a stupid, frustrated tackle from behind on Zverotic and that's a yellow card.
    • 53' Rooney dummies and leaves the kick for Young, whose delivery into the box is headed away. It comes back into the box, but Basa makes a telling clearance.
    • 52' Yellow card Savic for that foul on Cole, who is now back on his feet. England free-kick 35 yards from goal.
    • 51' Ferdinand marauds 60 yards into the Montenegro half but is tackled and loses possession... Cole goes into the tackle for the second ball and looks hurt.
    • 50' Gerrard turns past Jovanovic and crosses from the right... nobody attacking the ball as it flashes in front of goal.
    • 49' Young buys a throw off Savic on the England left... Rooney shoots over from long range as the crowd start to wake up.
    • 48' Decent bit of play by England as Barry nearly gets into shooting position but finds Young instead, who crosses and Crouch is penalised for scragging a defender.
    • 48' No personnel changes from either side, incidentally.
    • 47' Half-time tweet from Early Doors: "HT pens taken by estate agent, prison officer and BA cabin crew member. Cunning FA ploy to get all bile out of crowd during the break." twitter.com/Early_Doors
    • 46' Off we go! The crowd are a little flat, and the VIP seats are obviously completely empty.
    • 45+1' That's half-time, and England have failed to break down Montenegro. Goalless.
    • 45' England lacking creativity, but now Wayne Rooney finds himself in a good position... shoots straight at Bozovic!
    • 44' Goal at Hampden. No prizes for guessing etc. Scotland v Spain
    • 43' It will be interesting to hear the crowd's reaction at half-time... let's hope they don't 'do a France' and boo.
    • 42' England pass it around looking for an opening... Rooney rolls it into the box for Adam Johnson to run on to but they are not on the same wavelength.
    • 41' Crouch helps it on for Rooney, but England's number 10 cannot turn and fire off a shot.
    • 40' News from Genoa - Italy v Serbia has been called off due to hooliganism from some Serbian 'fans'. Euro 2012 updates
    • 39' The ball is flicked to the edge of the England box where Glen Johnson launches a big clearance out for a throw.
    • 38' Although you'll note from my resorting to user comments that there is not much going on.
    • 37' John rants: "Glen Johnson Doing nothing, Rooney running doing nothing, England passting @#$% and getting nowhere, what are they doing, no exitment or openings rubbish so far. The comintators want to shut up, have no idea." Let's not panic just yet. Spain won the World Cup on the back of patient 1-0 wins and England are clearly on top here...
    • 36' But you're right, Steve, Rooney hasn't done much.
    • 35' Steve asks: "Is it just me or is Rooney playing absolute Crp, no energy, no commitment, looks like he wants to go home, Complete waste of an England shirt!" Crp? Creep? Crimp?
    • 34' Novakovic has stayed down after a challenge with Ferdinand. It looked innocuous but two physios trot out to administer treatment.
    • 33' Johnson goes for goal! It fizzes a couple of feet wide, and Bozovic makes it look even better with a Hollywood dive several yards away.
    • 32' Crouch wins a cheap free-kick 40 yards from goal. Montenegro have a four-man wall...
    • 31' Better from Adam Johnson, who has the beating of Jovanovic but again his cross from the right is cut out.
    • 30' Half an hour gone, and after a lively opening 10 minutes England have been frustrated and are starting to show it. Not yet as bad as the Algeria game, but it might be heading that way.
    • 29' Worst cross of all time from the left foot of Glen Johnson. Though somehow England get a throw out of it...
    • 28' Johnson cuts inside Jovanovic but Boskovic brings him down. Montenegro doing what they have to, trying to stop England's flow.
    • 27' Montenegro are dropping deeper and deeper, testing England's patience. Which, as we know, is not great.
    • 26' Ashley Young curls towards the far post... evades everyone and goes a couple of yards wide.
    • 25' That was a crass bodycheck from Dzudovic - obvious booking and Young stands over the free-kick.
    • 24' Montenegro bring it into England territory, give it away and this is a chance to exploit some space... Young brought down cynically by Dzudovic right on the edge of the box. Yellow card.
    • 23' Ferdinand finds Young on the left, who plays it to the overlapping Cole. He crosses low from the left but straight at Bozovic, who fumbles but gathers the ball at the second attempt.
    • 22' Rooney runs at Basa but makes it much too easy for the centre-back to dispossess him.
    • 21' Early Doors tweets: 'Feels like there are more fans here than Bulgaria game, but not making as much noise. Except the band, of course. They always make 'noise'.' twitter.com/Early_Doors
    • 20' A few padded posh seats are unfilled, but otherwise it's pretty close to a full house here.
    • 19' I don't want to get too down on the England band, as they're at least being enthusiastic. But wouldn't you rather listen to 90,000 vuvuzelas than the 8,000th rendition of Self-Preservation Society.
    • 18' England starting to dominate here. Looking slick and unusually polished. That's not to say it will result in any goals...
    • 17' Gerrard delivers the free-kick wide for Glen Johnson, whose cross finds CROUCH!!! Looks more or less like a free header but he puts it over!! A good chance...
    • 16' Crouch is shoved over by Dzudovic and England have a free-kick 40 yards out.
    • 15' Johnson on the ball again. He spins a full 360 then plays it backwards for Glen Johnson.
    • 14' Superb through ball from Gerrard, faded with the outside of his boot for Young, but the ball just skips through to Bozovic in goal.
    • 13' Johnson's corner blocked back to the taker, whose second effort is also blocked. But it's lively from the Man City man, making his first start.
    • 12' Johnson jinks past Ivanovic, muscles his way past Basa and wins a corner. Good play from the winger.
    • 11' England are showing plenty of attacking intent but that means space behind Johnson and Young on either flank.
    • 10' Crouch looks for Johnson at the edge of the Montenegrin box... plays it behind the winger.
    • 9' Vukcevic tries a shot from 25 yards, and fires well wide left-footed. But a decent start from the visitors.
    • 8' Young cuts inside from the left and has a go from long range... blasts it well over.
    • 7' Ferdinand loses a 50-50 with Petkovic... he stays down but the move continues... but Djalovic drags his shot wide.
    • 6' Rooney gives the ball away and does his usual thing of sprinting back in hot pursuit. It's a wasted effort, though England do win it back.
    • 5' Ashley Young runs down the left and tries to find Rooney through the left channel... cut out.
    • 4' Montenegro are playing a 4-5-1 with Djalovic on his own up front. The absence of Mirko Vucinic a hammer blow to their chances - a thigh injury picked up in training...
    • 3' Real chance for Crouch as Gerrard pings a through ball... the striker sticks out a long leg but cannot get anything on it and the ball trickles wide!
    • 3' The England band immediately launch into that minor key version of the Great Escape.
    • 2' Early Doors has snuck out of its cage and it rattling around Wembley - ED will be tweeting all evening. twitter.com/Early_Doors
    • 1' Game on! England playing from left to right as we see it. Montenegro now in all red.
    • 20:02 Kick-off seconds away... contain yourselves.
    • 19:59 Uneventful anthems. Not many England players singing - probably for the best. Joe Hart with towel around his neck.
    • 19:58 Ultimate honour for Montenegrin players - they get to meet Sir Dave Richards. A day to remember.
    • 19:56 Out come the teams. England in royal blue tracksuit tops, Montenegro in yellow and red. A decent crowd drowned out by generic dance music on tannoy.
    • 19:55 Gareth Southgate has brilliantly risked incurring the ire of Balkan nations everywhere, saying the area is breaking up so quickly Montenegro "will be playing at Hounslow leisure centre" before long. Good grasp of political complexities.
    • 19:50 We are already under way in Bratislava, and there has been a goal in the Slovakia-Ireland game. Click on the link to find out who's got it. Slovakia v Rep. Ireland
    • 19:45 Anyone but england: 'come on montenegro stuff the english inbred pigs!!!' Nice...
    • 19:40 Stu: 'All I want is to see England play attacking nice football. 4-3-3 for a nice change too!' You'd take a 5-4 defeat?
    • 19:40 Some of your comments, starting with Gaz of the Toon: 'Thank goodness Joe Cole the clown isnt included. Our chances of winning have increased.' I have to agree. The clown bit maybe a bit harsh.
    • 19:40 And you can follow my occasional ramblings on Twitter. twitter.com/alexchick81
    • 19:35 Join me after the game for an Armchair Pundit live chat on the action at Wembley. Starts at 10.15pm. You can get your questions in early if you like.
    • 19:30 Steven Gerrard has said he is disappointed to have lost the England captaincy. Obviously.
    • 19:25 Here's Early Doors on why national hate figure Ashley Cole is ace.
    • 19:22 TEAMS IN FULL - ENGLAND: Hart, Glen Johnson, Ferdinand, Lescott, Ashley Cole, Adam Johnson, Gerrard, Barry, Young, Rooney, Crouch... Subs: Foster, Warnock, Cahill, Wright-Phillips, Wilshere, Downing, Davies... Montenegro: Mladen Bozovic, Basa, Jovanovic, Djudovic, Savic, Vukcevic, Zverotic, Boskovic, Novakovic, Pekovic, Djalovic... Subs: Blazic, Batak, Kascelan, Beciraj, Tomasevic, Pejovic, Delibasic... Referee: Manuel Grafe (Germany)
    • 19:20 A round-up of today's England news: Ron 'Chopper' Harris has weighed in on the current tackling row with some predictable 'in my day' tosh. Apparently, Bobby Moore would have been sent off every five minutes...
    • 19:15 Huge news from Montenegro: their star striker Mirko Vucinic is out through injury. A real blow for them. Was he hurt in that infamous pants-flashing celebration? So ignore the bit about him in this key battles article.
    • 19:10 Make your comments or predictions at the bottom of the page and I'll post the best in the run-up to kick-off...
    • 19:05 England team: Hart; G Johnson, Ferdinand, Lescott, A Cole; A Johnson, Gerrard, Barry, Young; Rooney, Crouch - Fabio Capello's starting line-up much as expected, with Adam Johnson and Ashley Young both getting a start on the flanks.
    • 19:00 Welcome to LIVE coverage of England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley.
  • Summary

    • 90' BARRY!! Hits a right-foot shot from 10 yards but he doesn't catch it cleanly and Bozovic saves!
    • 84' OFF THE BAR!!! Stunning strike from Jovanovic, who smashes a long shot that clatters back off the woodwork!
    • 78' Big handball shout against Jovanovic in the Montenegro box! Referee Manuel Grafe says not! Will have to see a replay..
    • 73' GREAT SAVE BOZOVIC!! Rooney seizes on a loose ball after good work by Davies and smashes the ball goalwards, but the goalkeeper sticks out a strong arm and repels it.
    • 59' ROONEY!! He goes close after a fine Steven Gerrard ball finds him 10 yards out. Bozovic makes himself big, stops the shot and smothers the rebound before Crouch can get there. England's best piece of football.
    • 45' England lacking creativity, but now Wayne Rooney finds himself in a good position... shoots straight at Bozovic!
    • 33' Johnson goes for goal! It fizzes a couple of feet wide, and Bozovic makes it look even better with a Hollywood dive several yards away.
    • 17' Gerrard delivers the free-kick wide for Glen Johnson, whose cross finds CROUCH!!! Looks more or less like a free header but he puts it over!! A good chance...
    • 3' Real chance for Crouch as Gerrard pings a through ball... the striker sticks out a long leg but cannot get anything on it and the ball trickles wide!
    • 19:15 Huge news from Montenegro: their star striker Mirko Vucinic is out through injury. A real blow for them. Was he hurt in that infamous pants-flashing celebration? So ignore the bit about him in this key battles article.
    • 19:00 Welcome to LIVE coverage of England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley.

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    Manager: Fabio Capello

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    Manager: Zlatko Kranjcar

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