Steven Gerrard has rejected claims from the Montenegro camp that England should be scared of their World Cup qualification rivals, the
Montenegro coach Branko Brnovic dismissed England as a long ball team, criticised Wayne Rooney’s temperament and said England should be scared of playing Montenegro. Gerrard however vowed to answer the Montenegro complaints on the pitch and suggested that the Montenegro boss is trying to hide his own nerves by going on the offensive.
“It just shows we’ve got them exactly where we want them,” Gerrard said. “They seem to be more interested in saying things and doing all the talking, but talking doesn’t win you football matches,” the England captain added.
The sides last met in October 2011 when goals from Ashley Young and Darren Bent gave England – then managed by Fabio Capello – a two-goal lead after little more than half an hour of play.
However, a goal from Elsad Zverotic on the stroke of half-time put Montenegro back in it and when Wayne Rooney was sent off after the break, for kicking Miodrag Dzudovic, Montenegro’s pressure eventually told and Andrija Delibasic equalised in the dying minutes.
The draw was though enough to put England through to Euro 2012, while Montenegro were eliminated in the play-offs.
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