Shock Debutant Townsend Keeps Rio in Our Hands


England 4-1 Montenegro

Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and debutant Andros Townsend all scored for England as they beat a weak Montenegro side 4-1 to set up a tense final match against Poland on Tuesday.

Daniel Sturridge, Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Danny Welbeck all had decent chances to open the scoring in the first half, but none took their chances and the half ended 0-0 dully.

In the 49th minute Townsend ran almost the length of the pitch before crossing the ball into the box. Danny Welbeck’s shot was stopped by goalkeeper Poleksić, but Rooney slotted the ball into the net from close in to become England’s highest ever competitive goal scorer.

A cheeky back heel from Sturridge to Welbeck saw the Ghanaian born forward’s cross find the net, devastatingly for the visitors to Wembley. The cross was scored off the foot of midfielder Branko Bošković. Manchester City’s Stevan Jovetić the hit the crossbar from range before Dejan Damjanović flicked home from Fatos Bećiraj’s long shot a few minutes later.

Not long after, Andros Townsend produced a wonderful 25-yard strike that dipped and swerved and shook, travelling all of the way in, via the right-hand post. This was in the 78th minute, and between then and stoppage-time, not many chances arrived for either team. In stoppage time though, Daniel Sturridge went on a mazy run and was desperately brought down in the six-yard box by centre-back Kecojević. The then captain Wayne Rooney offered the spot-kick to young Daniel Sturridge who calmly passed the ball into the right of the net to leave an impressive score line.

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