England require just a point from tonight’s match in Montenegro to seal qualification to the Euro 2012 finals, something which would help the team banish the memory of a woeful 2010 World Cup campaign which saw them eliminated at the last sixteen stage.
The Three Lions have looked more comfortable on the road this term than they have at Wembley, with captain John Terry pointing to the example of drawing against Turkey in Istanbul eight years ago as proof that England can stand up and be counted when required.
Terry said: “It all went off that night (in Istanbul). It was probably one of the most hostile places I’ve played in.
“It was a big occasion for myself at the time. But, when the chips were against us a bit and we needed to dig deep, we did. We tend to do that at times.
“It’s going to be hostile again but we’re playing well at the moment and if we can maintain that form, especially away from home where we’ve been especially good, we’ll be okay.”
“This is a big occasion for us all, not only the younger players in the squad but the more experienced ones as well.
“I think that’s where we tend to come into our own a bit. We’ll be looking for big voices in the dressing room as always and a big performance from us.”