England shall face Montenegro at the Wembley Stadium in a Euro 2020 Qualifier.
About: UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying Group A
Group A of UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying is one of the 10 groups to decide which teams shall qualify for the UEFA Euro 2020 finals tournament.
Group A is made up of 5 teams: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, England, Kosovo and Montenegro. They will play against one another home-and-away in a round-robin structure.
The top two teams from this grouping shall qualify directly for the finals.
England vs Montenegro: UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying Tournament
Date: November 14, 2019 (Thursday)
Kick-off: 7:45pm (UK time)
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London
TV coverage (UK): ITV 1
Montenegro shall be the visitors this Thursday, November 14, 2019, kick off time 7:45pm, as manager Gareth Southgate's men continue their path to the UEFA Euro 2020 next summer.
This fixture shall be England's final European Qualifier, and it's also their sixth time to meet with Montenegro, the first since the Three Lions' 5-1 away victory earlier this 2019.
England will qualify for Euro 2020, that is, if they can get a result against Group A strugglers Montenegro come Thursday. All the Three Lions need is just one point from their remaining two matches in order to secure a spot in next summer's European Championships.
England Team News
The big news is on Raheem Sterling, who shall no longer play in the upcoming match because of "a disturbance in a private team area" between him and his teammate Joe Gomez. The Manchester City forward Sterling, age 24, had an on-field argument with Liverpool's Joe Gomez, age 22, during Reds' 3-1 Premier League victory at Anfield on Sunday.
Sterling said in his Instagram account on Tuesday, "Both Joe and I have had words and figured things out and moved on. We are in a sport where emotions run high and I am man enough to admit when emotions got the better of me. This is why we play this sport because of our love for it - me and Joe Gomez are good, we both understand it was a five to 10 second thing... it's done, we move forward and not make this bigger than it is."
England manager Gareth Southgate, after consulting with senior players, decided to drop Sterling on Monday, "Unfortunately the emotions of yesterday's game were still raw. One of the great challenges and strengths for us is that we've been able to separate club rivalries from the national team. We have taken the decision to not consider Raheem for the match against Montenegro on Thursday. My feeling is that the right thing for the team is the action we have taken. Now that the decision has been made with the agreement of the entire squad, it's important that we support the players and focus on Thursday night."
The candidate to take his place could be Jadon Sancho.
Montenegro Team News
Montenegro shall play without their record goalscorer Steven Jovetic, who is still trying to recover from a cruciate ligament rupture that he suffered back in April. Manager Faruk Hadzibegic has also dropped Luka Mirkovic, Nebojsa Kosovic and Andrija Dragojevic following their loss to Kosovo last month.
Right-back Adam Marusic recently had to pull out of the squad due to a flexor strain in the right thigh.
Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
- This is England's 1,000th international game. To celebrate, the team will take to the pitch wearing individual legacy numbers on their shirts. Southgate will not be wearing his, but his number is 1,071.
- England have won 8 from their last 11 games (L2); they have won their last six home fixtures, scoring 20 goals in the process.
- Montenegro have only won 3 of their last 20 games, losing ten.
- Montenegro have scored only 14 goals in their previous 18 matches, and none in their last three games.
What are the Odds?
According to Unibet on 13 Nov. at 09:00 CET:
- England 1/18 (1.06)
- Draw 23/2 (12.50)
- Montenegro 34/1 (35.00)
What are the Predictions?
Team England - Possible XI: Jordan Pickford; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Maguire, Tyrone Mings, Ben Chilwell; Henderson, Harry Winks, Mason Mount; Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Harry Kane.
Team Montenegro - Possible XI: Danijel Petkovic; Momcilo Raspopovic, Marko Simic, Dusan Lagator, Darko Bulatovic; Vladimir Jovovic, Nikola Vukcevic, Deni Hocko, Aleksandar Boljevic, Marko Vesovic; Stefan Mugosa.
Having already a 5-1 win in Montenegro back in March and since there is very little experience of top-level club football play in this Montenegro squad, England is seen to be the stronger team to take the victory at Wembley.
Predicted Score: England 4 Montenegro 0
A win or a draw for Southgate's side will see them qualify.
England then will play their final group match away in Kosovo on Sunday.
Czech Republic vs Kosovo
The other qualifying match for Group A that will be played on the same day, November 14, would be Czech Republic vs Kosovo, to be held at Doosan Arena in Plzen, Czech Republic. The referee would be Gianluca Rocchi (Italy).
Here are the remaining matches on the European Qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2020:
Thursday November 14
Group A: England v Montenegro, Czech Republic v Kosovo
Group B: Portugal v Lithuania, Serbia v Luxembourg
Group H: Turkey v Iceland, France v Moldova, Albania v Andorra
Friday November 15
Group D: Switzerland v Georgia, Denmark v Gibraltar
Group F: Spain v Malta, Romania v Sweden, Norway v Faroe Islands
Group J: Armenia v Greece, Finland v Liechtenstein, Bosnia and Herzegovina v Italy
Saturday November 16
Group C: Germany v Belarus, Northern Ireland v Netherlands
Group E: Azerbaijan v Wales, Croatia v Slovakia
Group G: Slovenia v Latvia, Israel v Poland, Austria v North Macedonia
Group I: Cyprus v Scotland, Russia v Belgium, San Marino v Kazakhstan
Sunday November 17
Group A: Kosovo v England, Bulgaria v Czech Republic
Group B: Luxembourg v Portugal, Serbia v Ukraine
Group H: Albania v France, Moldova v Iceland, Andorra v Turkey
Monday November 18
Group D: Gibraltar v Switzerland, Republic of Ireland v Denmark
Group F: Spain v Romania, Sweden v Faroe Islands, Malta v Norway
Group J: Italy v Armenia, Liechtenstein v Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece v Finland
Tuesday November 19
Group C: Germany v Northern Ireland, Netherlands v Estonia
Group E: Wales v Hungary, Slovakia v Azerbaijan
Group G: Poland v Slovenia, Latvia v Austria, North Macedonia v Israel
Group I: Belgium v Cyprus, San Marino v Russia, Scotland v Kazakhstan
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