England came by way of a challenging test in Montenegro to make it two wins from two from their opening Euro 2020 qualifying games. The game offered a finding out curve for this young England side, coming from a target down, and will stand them in superior stead for sterner tests in the future

An opening target from Marko Vesovic shocked the nervy guests into action, but two quickfire ambitions from Michael Keane and Ross Barkley place the 3 Lions in manage – manage which they refused to relinquish.

Michael Keane

Additional ambitions from Barkley, captain Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling created the scoreline substantially extra convincing disguising the truth that the game started in a significantly less than comfy style for the 3 Lions.

The win was soured somewhat by several reports of racist abuse of some England players by the dwelling fans – Raheem Sterling responded to the crowd soon after his target – with BBC Sport’s Phil McNulty reporting ‘some dreadful chants aimed in the path of Danny Rose.’


Important Speaking Point

Marko Vesovic’s opening target midway by way of the initial half was the fantastic instance of tenacity. The Montenegrin received the ball on the left-hand side, about 10 yards from the England penalty location, just before surging towards the backtracking Michael Keane and the 3 Lions target.


Keane will have to have felt that he had got a critical tackle in on Vesovic, but the ball rebounded back to the Montenegrin who continued his run just before bending it into the net, just out of the attain of the diving Jordan Pickford. 

Player Ratings

Beginning XI: Petkovic (five) Stojkovic (six), Savic (7), Simic (five), Tomasevic (six) Marusic (six), Ivanic (five), Vukcevic (five), Vesovic (7*) Beciraj (six), Mugosa (six)

Substitutions: Jankovic (five), Boljevic (five), Jovovic (five)

Star Man

Goalscorer Marko Vesovic was Montenegro’s most threatening player, causing the England defence quite a few issues with his direct operating and capacity to draw a foul.


He was rewarded for his industriousness with a effectively-taken target, and in the absence of Stefan Jovetic, presented the clearest attacking threat for the dwelling side. If Montenegro want to qualify for subsequent year’s competitors then performances like this from their attacking players will be crucial to these possibilities. 


Important Speaking Point

England had been shaky just before conceding the opener, with Kyle Walker unhappy with the defensive operate becoming completed by youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi. Following the target, Hudson-Odoi and Raheem Sterling swapped flanks and…effectively, that seemed to do the job.

The switch gave England a far better shape and also permitted Hudson-Odoi to reduce onto his favoured ideal foot. It also unsettled the Montenegrin defence who, up till that point, had been dealing with England’s attack effectively, limiting the guests to only a couple of possibilities.

The switch in flanks also led to England’s second target, with Hudson-Odoi cutting in and shooting, with Chelsea teammate Ross Barkley anticipating the shot and diverting it past Danijel Petkovic in the Montenegro target. 

Player Ratings

Beginning XI: Pickford (six) Walker (7), Keane (7), Maguire (7), Rose (six) Barkley (9*), Rice (7), Alli (7) Hudson-Odoi (7), Kane (eight), Sterling (eight)

Substitutions: Henderson (six), Ward-Prowse (six), Wilson (six)

Star Man

Chelsea man Ross Barkley was England’s brightest attacking spark in the Podgorica City Stadium on Monday evening. Following a constructive functionality against the Czech Republic, Barkley offered substantially of the creativity which England required to break down a stubborn Montenegrin defence.

He offered the cross for Michael Keane’s target, as effectively as becoming opportunistic sufficient to poke dwelling Hudson-Odoi’s shot. He was also effectively placed to stroke dwelling Sterling’s cutback for England’s third which opened some daylight between the two sides and created the game extra comfy for the 3 Lions.

Hunting Ahead

Montenegro’s welcome Kosovo in their subsequent European Championship qualifying match in June. Montenegro will fancy themselves in this match and will see it as an chance to manoeuvre themselves into second location in the group.

Gareth Southgate

England face the Netherlands in their subsequent match, in the Nations League semi-final. Gareth Southgate will be hoping to hold his crucial players match for the game in Portugal this summer time as he eyes a initial significant trophy for the 3 Lions due to the fact the Globe Cup in 1966.