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Match Preview: England vs Montenegro

England, EURO 2020
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England welcomes Montenegro to the historic Wembley Stadium, looking to officially book their place at the upcoming EURO 2020.

The Three Lions will be looking to become the seventh national team to have qualified for the European Championship when they host Montenegro this evening.

They are heading into the fixture on the back of an impressive 6-0 win in Bulgaria last time out – their fifth victory in six outings in the EURO 2020 qualifiers.

England is sitting on top of Group A with 15 points and even a draw could do it for the 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-finalists, as second-placed Czech Republic and third-placed Kosovo go head to head at the same time.

Montenegro, on the other hand, is hoping to close their disappointing qualifying campaign with a positive result, as they travel to London with only three points on their account.

The Balkan side is yet to register a win in the European Qualifiers and will have their final chance to do so this evening when they face England at Wembley, starting at 20:45 (CET).

Team news

Gareth Southgate has dropped Man City’s forward Raheem Sterling out of the squad for the Montenegro clash following a bust-up with Liverpool’s central defender Joe Gomez.

Leicester City sensation James Maddison is set to make his England debut, while Kyle Walker, Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard have once again not been selected.

The visitors remain without record goalscorer Stevan Jovetic, who is still recovering from a cruciate ligament rupture which occurred back in April.

Head coach Faruk Hadzibegic has also dropped Andrija Dragojevic, Nebojsa Kosovic and Luka Mirkovic following last month’s defeat to Kosovo, while right-back Adam Marusic recently pulled out of the squad due to a tight strain.

Stats

England scored five past Montenegro the last time both sides met each other, although the Brave Falcons opened the scorings through Vesovic only 17 minutes into the game.

The Three Lions are undefeated in five games against the Balkan country but tasted victory just twice in the process.

Montenegro’s last win in a competitive game came back in October 2018, a 4-1 victory against Lithuania in the UEFA Nations League.

England won all three games they’ve hosted in the EURO 2020 qualifying campaign, netting a total of 14 goals. (4,66 per game)

The Brave Falcons have registered only one clean sheet in seven European qualifiers in Group A, while England kept their net clean on three occasions.

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