Amid all the hype surrounding the England team this week, it shouldn’t be forgotten that Montenegro could well find themselves lining up in the Euro 2012 finals next summer, with a victory on Friday giving them a chance to win the group next Tuesday.
The home side drew 0-0 at Wembley a year ago and their qualifying campaign has been characterised by stout defending, something which will be put to the test on Friday whe Wayne Rooney leads the line for the visitors.
Montenegro captain Mirko Vucinic admits that Rooney is an outstanding player, although it appears that his team are devising ways of preventing the Manchester United forward from getting the ball.
“Rooney has everything,” said Vucinic.
“He can run and shoot. Every chance he gets, he scores. That’s the most important thing.
“But he can’t do anything without the ball at his feet. We have to try and stop him from getting it.”
Montenegro coach Branko Brnovic has been forced into making changes for the game, considering so many of his players are a yellow card away from suspension.
“I was forced to make these changes because I can’t risk all eight players being suspended for the last game,” Brnovic said.
“It is something I have to do”.