England travel to Montenegro after their promising start of the EURO 2020 qualifying campaign with the 5-0 victory over the Czech Republic at Wembley.
The Three Lions were excellent in their EURO 2020 qualifiers opener, netting five past the Czech Republic on Friday night.
Raheem Sterling was the star of the night, while youngsters Declan Rice and Callum Hudson-Odoi made their senior debuts for the national team.
Now they face Montenegro in Podgorica. The Brave Falcons were denied an away victory in Bulgaria, as Nedelev scored a late equaliser from a controversial penalty kick.
Montenegro’s star forward and captain Stevan Jovetic was forced to withdraw from the squad as he recovers from a knee injury he sustained playing for Monaco in January.
Atletico Madrid defender Stefan Savic will miss the game with the Three Lions on Monday.
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England was already without Trent Alexander-Arnold and Marcus Rashford, but Southgate will also miss Eric Dier in Podgorica, as the Tottenham midfielder withdrew from the squad with an injury.
Jordan Henderson is set to make his 50th cap for the England national team on Monday night.
What did the managers say
Miodrag Dzudovic – the assistant coach of Montenegro’s national team spoke with the press saying: “It was a football injustice what happened in Bulgaria. But we are used to it. There were many decisions against us in the UEFA Nations League as well. But we can’t do anything here. We just need to wait for the VAR and that’s it,” he said via FSCG.
Gareth Southgate will probably make some changes in the first team against Montenegro on Monday night.
“I think we need to find the balance between freshness and continuity, so that’s been on our mind most of the week,” the England manager said via RTE.
“I need to have a look at their game (a 1-1 draw away to Bulgaria) to finalise what we expect (from Montenegro).
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“But we know, we have been there twice before and not managed to beat them, so it will be an intense environment, completely different to the challenge (against the Czechs) and a good one for us because we have to be able to adapt to these different situations and make sure that we can show our quality in different environments.”
England has beaten Montenegro only one in their four encounters with the Brave Falcons. The other three games finished without a winner.
The Three Lions are undefeated in the previous six games, recording five wins and one draw in the process.
Montenegro has won only one of their last six home games – against Lithuania.
England are undefeated in 26 of their last 27 matches in the EURO qualifiers.
The Three Lions finished their EURO 2016 qualifying campaign with a perfect record of 10 wins in 10 games.