No Red for Rooney in Podgorica Draw

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Montenegro 1-1 England

England were on top in the first half and weak in the second, as the hostile Montenegrin fans got the better of the guests last night.

When Wayne Rooney hit the post and then scored in the first six minutes, you must have thought that England were on the way to victory in the Podgorica City Stadium.

Missed chances in the first half were the reason why victory was not ours over the group-leading nation. England came out in the second half expecting the Montenegrins to again fall under the radar of expectation, but Branko Brnović must have cast a spell at halftime as Montenegro played better than England for the first twenty minutes. Joe Hart kept England in the game, but no England player could take control, and create attacking chances. Roy Hodgson was somewhat unimpressive with how he dealt with the game. The England coach brought on only one new face, and that was Ashley Young who played very averagely during his time on the pitch. England finally conceded on 75 minutes; from a Montenegrin corner. The ball came into the box, and twice Dejan Damjanović was denied by Joe Hart but at the third attempt, the bearded forward found the goal he was brought on to produce. Steven Gerrard was impressive at the end, but England couldn’t find a winner, and it ended 1-1.

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