England only needed one point from this match and that's what they came away with. However, England's qualification for next summer's European Championship Finals came with a price as celebrations were overshadowed by Wayne Rooney's red card in the 73rd minute. With his dismissal tonight, Rooney became only the second England player to be sent off twice, the other player being former captain, David Beckham. Back to the game...Fabio Capello, managing England for the 40th time, handed Phil Jones his first cap in a wet Podgorica stadium.
It took England only 11 minutes to take the lead in Podgorica. Rooney began the game so differently to how he ended it. Having started the build-up to the goal, Rooney played the ball to Walcott. The Arsenal forward made a lovely cross to the far post to Ashley Young who was able to head the ball into the net from three-yards out. A lovely opening goal for England, who were playing in their blue away kit.
Rooney was involved in England's second goal too, when he released Young down the left. From one Manchester United player to another, the latter had Bozovic racing off his line towards him. Meanwhile Bent was open at the far post and Young passed the ball to him for a simple knock into an open net. It looked as though England were going to qualify for Euro 2012 with a win in their final game. However, Montenegro had other ideas as they also had plans to play in Poland and the Ukraine next summer. Although more likely it would be via the play-offs. Still, much was at stake in Montenegro and the home side fought hard and pulled a goal back before the half-time whistle. Zverotic, in the box, took a shot on the 45 minute mark and the ball ended up in Hart's net following a deflection off John Terry.
Early in the second half Montenegro appealed for a penalty when Jones committed a foul on Jovetic, but the referee dimissed requests for a spot-kick. A lucky escape it would seem for Jones. With Downing having replaced Ashley Young, who had a problem with his knee, on the hour-mark, Capello sent on Lampard for Bent in the 64th minute and in doing so changed to a 4-5-1 formation. Then in the 73rd minute, Rooney kicked out at Dzudovic giving Stark no option but to give the England forward his marching orders. The dismissal of Rooney means an automatic one-match ban which would need to be served in England's next competitive match which would be their first match in the European Finals.
With three minutes of the game remaining, Hart made a great save to stop Jovetic's 20-yard shot. However, into stoppage time, Hart was beaten when a cross from Savic was met by Delibasic, who headed the ball into England's net, thus securing a place in the qualifying play-offs for tonight's hosts.
Post Game Note:
Following Rooney's red card he was given a 3-match ban, meaning he would miss all 3 of England's 2012 Euro Group Stage games. The FA appealed the ban and Rooney's 3rd game of the ban was suspended for 4 years.
M Bozovic #1, Dzudovic #20, Savic #21, Pekovic #15, Vukcevic #7, V Bozovic #19 (Delibasic 79 mins - #23), Zverotic #17, Kascelan #6 (Jovanovic 46 mins - #4), Vucinic #9, Jovetic #8, Beciraj #11 (Damjanovic 64 mins - #14).
Subs Not Used: Blazic #12, Batak #5, Cetkovic #18, Djalovic #10.
Hart #1, A Cole #3, Terry #6 - Captain, Cahill #5, Jones #2, Parker #4, Barry #8, A Young #11 (Downing 60 mins - #16), Walcott #7 (Welbeck 76 mins - #17), Bent #9 (Lampard 64 mins - #15), Rooney #10.
Subs Not Used: Carson #12, Jagielka #13, Baines #14, Zamora #18. (Full Squad)
Montenegro Goals: Zverotic (45 mins), Delibasic (90 mins)
England Goals: Young (11 mins), Bent (31 mins)
England Red Card: Rooney (73 mins)
Montenegro Cautions: Jovanovic (60 mins), Jovetic (88 mins), Delibasic (90 mins), Vucinic (90 mins)
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (Germany)