26th March, 2019
The English National Football Team is surely not joking these days. They seem determined to show that their impressive performance at the last 2018 World Cup Competition in Russia was no fluke as they have continued to churn out solid results in their matches.
The latest foes were the Montenegro National Team who were “demolished” 5-1 right in their own backyard in the on-going 2020 EURO Qualifiers.
Interestingly, it was the hosts who took a shock lead mid-way through the first-half as Marko Vešović curled a wonderful effort home.
Michael Keane then struck back for the Three Lions with an excellent header from a free-kick.
Callum Hudson-Odoi, played a key role in England’s second as his shot was deflected into the net by Chelsea teammate Ross Barkley. The latter got his second with a well-taken finish before Harry Kane was teed up by Raheem Sterling for another.
It was then the turn of the Manchester City forward to round off the scoring with a wonderful finish as he was released by Jordan Henderson.
England had a dominant start but they weren’t quite able to find an early opening with the closest chance coming when Raheem Sterling brilliantly wove his way into the Montenegro area but Dele Alli was just unable to stretch quite enough to reach his cross.
However despite the hosts being relatively content in sitting back, they actually managed to take the lead. Vesovic did well to dribble right into the England defence and got a bit of fortune as the ball bounced back off of Michael Keane. Space then opened up and he curled a wonderful shot into the far corner of the net and beyond Jordan Pickford.
That lead was however to be cut short as Keane got the Three Lions level. Barkley’s excellent free-kick from deep curled all the way onto the head of the Everton man and he guided the ball into the bottom corner.
Towards the end of the first-half, Stefan Mugoša fired in a powerful drive that had to be dealt with by Pickford before Sterling just failed to latch onto Hudson-Odoi’s excellent cross.
England came into the second half more determined to wrap up the game. Hudson-Odoi, making his full England debut, showed brilliant awareness to charge at the Montenegro defence and looked for goal. Barkley stuck out a leg and diverted the youngster’s shot into the net to put the Three Lions ahead.
Hudson then almost stole the show with excellent control, driving run and shot but his low effort was stopped well by Danijel Petković.
The visitors then extended their lead further, and once again it was Ross Barkley on the score sheet. The midfielder picked up a loose ball on the edge of the Montenegro box and thundered it into the net.
Interestingly, Harry Kane had been unusually quiet in the game up to this point but that was not the case for too much longer. Sterling sprinted at the defence and cut the ball back to the Tottenham man and it was an easy task as he stroked the ball into the bottom corner.
The Manchester City striker then eventually got his name on the scoring sheet as he latched onto a stunning through-ball from substitute Jordan Henderson and finished confidently under Petkovic to round off yet another wonderful night for the Three Lions.