Tonight will hold one of the World Cup 2014 qualifiers which will be watched by millions around the world as it decides who will take the lead in the Group H table, Montenegro vs England. There has been plenty of pre-match build up for this game and it is a very important match for both teams.
In the build-up for tonight’s game, there has been mind games being played between the two managers with the Montenegro boss, Branko Brnovic, starting things off saying England are “scared” of playing his team. Brnovic warned, “We have Stevan Jovetic and Mirko Vucinic,” he continued, “Maybe England are more scared of this game than we are.” It has been said that Montenegro are planning to water their pitch to make conditions tougher considering that England only drew to Poland when that game was postponed by 24 hours due to torrential rain earlier in the tournament.
In reply to Branko Brnovic’s statement, both the England manager and the England captain have made remarks about the game. England boss Roy Hodgson explained, “It’s definitely mind games. I don’t have an opinion. We are confident we have good players and we accept responsibility. Whatever you say beforehand does not make any difference; it’s about what happens after kick-off.”
Whilst Roy Hodgson has announced that he is unfazed by the comments, England captain Steven Gerrard has also shown little emotion to the statements from the opposing manager, “For their manager to say the things he’s said shows we’ve got them exactly where we want them.” Gerrard carried on, “I’m not really too interested in what got said in their press conference – or in ours to be honest. I’m more interested in how the lads train and how we play once the whistle goes and the match starts.”
Another statement which was made in attempt to put England off was pointed at the past when England striker, Wayne Rooney got sent off for kicking a Montenegro player. Brnovic said, “As far as I know Rooney was the one who kicked our player not vice versa.” In response, Joleon Lescott ensures that Rooney is “older and more experienced and sure he will be professional.”
Steven Gerrard also warns his players that it will be “hostile” but he believes they will act responsibly. The England midfielder said, “I think their supporters will make it as hostile as they can. But I think we will be used to it and will be able to handle it.” Without a doubt it is going to be an exciting and enjoyable game to watch but it’s one game that is important for the future of England’s 2014 World Cup.