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  Thursday, 14 November 2019
European Championship 2020 Group A qualification match


England 7 Montenegro 0 [5-0]
 

The National Stadium connected by EE, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Kick-off (GMT): 7.45pm

Attendance: 77,277

Mason Mount kicked off 92 minutes 45:01 & 47:02 Match Summary
England Squad
Montenegro Squad
[1-0] Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 11 10:19
 right-footed strike across the goalkeeper from edge of 6-yard box following a Chilwell pass
[2-0] Harry Kane 18 17:54
 6-yard header from a Chilwell free-kick

[3-0] Harry Kane 24 23:49
 6-yard header from a Chilwell corner
[4-0] Marcus Rashford 30 29:18
 directed his right-footed shot from 12 yards after Maguire's header is saved
[5-0] Harry Kane 37 36:12 HAT-TRICK
 6-yard placed strike from an Alexander-Arnold cross

[6-0] Aleksandar Šofranac 66 65:26
 3-yard
ricochet into the net from a Mount strike
[7-0] Tammy Abraham 84 83:43
 
5-yard tap in from a Sancho cross
 
  Marko Vešović 33 32:05
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley with Glenn Hoddle
 

Match Summary

Officials from Spain England

Type

Montenegro
Referee (sky blue) - Antonio Mateu Lahoz
 42 (12 March 1977), Valencia, FIFA-listed 2011.

 
Assistant Referees - Pau Cebrián Devís, 40 (15 May 1979) and Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar
, 43 (29 April 1976)

Fourth official - Xavier Estrada Fernández, 43 (27 January 1976), Lleida, FIFA-listed 2011.

UEFA Delegate: Jozef Kliment, Slovakia

17 Goal Attempts 6
11 Attempts on Target 2
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
7 Corner Kicks Won 3
2 Offside Calls Against 2
13 Fouls Conceded 6
63% Possession 37%

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (24th October 2019) 4th
EFO ranking Group One (2nd)
ELO rating 12th
Colours: The Nike 2018 home uniform - White v-necked jerseys with red trim on collar, blue shorts, white socks.
Capt: Harry Kane
(23rd captaincy, 24)
Harry Maguire, 57th min.
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 49 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
fortieth match, W 23 - D 9 - L 8 - F 83 - A 33.
England Lineup
1 Pickford, Jordan L. 25
252 dys
7 March 1994 G Everton FC final app
2017-19
24 23 GA
2 Alexander-Arnold, Trent J. 21
38 dys
7 October 1998 RB/RM Liverpool FC 8 1
3 Chilwell, Benjamin J. 22
328 dys
21 December 1996 LB Leicester City FC 10 0
4 Winks, Harry B. 23
285 dys
2 February 1996 CM Tottenham Hotspur FC 5 0
5 Stones, John 25
170 dys
28 May 1994 CD Manchester City FC final app
2014-19
39 2
6 Maguire, J. Harry 26
254 dys
5 March 1993 CD Manchester United FC 25 1
7 Sancho, Jadon M. 19
234 dys
25 March 2000 RF BSV Borussia 09 eV Dortmund, Germany final app
2018-19
11 2
8 Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexander M.D., off 56th min. 26
91 dys
15 August 1993 RM Liverpool FC 34 7
9
Kane, Harry E., off 57th min 26
109 dys
28 July 1993 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 44 31
10 Mount, Mason T., off 70th min. 20
308 dys
10 January 1999 LM Chelsea FC 5 0
11 Rashford, Marcus 22
14 dys
31 October 1997 LF Manchester United FC 37 9
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 5 Montenegro 0
19 Maddison, James D. on 56th min. (55:45) for Oxlade-Chamberlain 22
356 dys
23 November 1996 RM Leicester City FC only app
2019
1 0
22 Bakumo-Abraham, K.O. Tamaraebi, on 57th min. (56:01) for Kane 22
43 dys
2 October 1997 CF Chelsea FC final app
2019
4 1
15 Gomez, Joseph D., on 70th min (69:55) for Mount 22
175 dys
23 May 1997 RB Liverpool FC final app
2017-19
8 0
result: England 7 Montenegro 0

unused substitutes:

12-Kieran Trippier, 13-Nick Pope, 14-Danny Rose, 16-Tyrone Mings, 17-Fikayo Tomori, 18-Declan Rice, 20-Callum Hudson-Odoi, 21-Callum Wilson, 23-Dean Henderson.

records:

The youngest starting XI since the match against Wales in October 1959, beating the previous record set last season against Spain, October 2018.
Harry Kane's hat-trick, his third, is the 88th England hat-trick. It also makes him the record goalscoring captain, overtaking Vivian Woodward.
Aleksandar Šofranac is the 53rd own goal in England's favour.
James Maddison is the 1245th player to earn an England appearance.
 
4-3-3 Pickford -
Alexander-Arnold, Stones, Maguire, Chilwell -
Oxlade-Chamberlain
(Maddison), Winks, Mount (Gomez) -
Sancho, Kane
(Abraham), Rashford

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 23.2 (189 days) Appearances/Goals 22.4 4.4
 

Montenegro Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (24th October 2019) 61st
EFO ranking
n/a
ELO rating
76th-78th
Colours: Made by Legea - Red v-neck collared shirts with red/yellow sleeves, yellow collar with red wings, red shorts with yellow side trim, red socks with yellow hoop.
Capt: Fatos Bećiraj Manager: Faruk Hadžibegić, 62 (7 October 1957 in Sarajevo), appointed 25 July 2019.
fifth match, W 1 - D 1 - L 3 - F 2 - A 13
Montenegro Lineup
12 Mijatović, Milan 32 26 July 1987 G PFC Levski Sofia, Bulgaria 9 0
7 Vešović, Marko 28 28 August 1991 RB Legia Warszawa SA, Poland 29 2
Vešović was cautioned in the 33rd min. for Unsporting Behaviour. He kicked the back of Rashford at the corner flag, then moved his head towards him.
20 Šofranac, Aleksander 29 21 October 1990 CD FK Sutjeska 5 0
22 Simić, Marko 32 16 June 1987
born in Obrenovac, Yugoslavia
CD Paxtakor Toshkent Fk, Uzbekistan 41 1
3 Radunović, Risto, off 46th min. 27 4 May 1992 LB AFC Astra Giurgiu, Romania 5 0
8 Hočko, Deni 25 22 April 1994 RM Royal Excel Mouscron, Belgium 4 0
5 Lagator, Dušan 25 29 March 1994 CM PFC Sochi, Russia 3 0
4 Vukčević, Nikola 27 13 December 1991 LM Levante Unión Deportiva SAD, Spain 39 1
16 Jovović, Vladimir, off 65th min. 25 26 October 1994 RF FK Jablonec, Czech Republic 31 0
17 Hakšabanović, Sead, off 74th min 20 4 May 1999
born in Hyltebruk, Sweden
CF IFK Norrköping, Sweden, on loan from West Ham United FC, England 7 0
11 Bećiraj, Fatos 31 5 May 1988
born in Peć, Yugoslavia
LF Maccabi Netanya FC, Israel 68 9
Montenegro Substitutes
scoreline: England 5 Montenegro 0
2 Raspopović, Momčilo, on 46th min. for Radunović 25 18 March 1994 RB HNK Rijeka, Croatia 1 0
23 Janković, Branislav, on 65th min. (64:39) for Jovović 27 8 February 1992 RF FK Sutjeska 6 0
scoreline: England 6 Montenegro 0
21 Boljević, Aleksandar, on 74th min. (73:52) for Hakšabanović 23 12 December 1995 CF Royal Standard de Ličge, Belgium 16 0
result: England 7 Montenegro 0

unused substitutes:

1-Danijel Petković, 6-Boris Kopitović, 9-Stefan Mugoša, 13-Matija Šarkić, 14-Nemanja Sekulić, 15-Igor Vujačić, 18-Damir Kojašević, 19-Darko Bulatović, 21-Aleksandar Boljević, 23-Branislav Janković.

records:

 
 
4-3-3 Mijatović -
Vešović, Šofranac, Simić, Radunović (Raspopović) -
Hočko, Lagator,
Vukčević -
Jovović
(Janković), Hakšabanović (Boljević), Bećiraj

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.4 Appearances/Goals 21.9 1.2
 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

England needed just a point from this match to go through to next year’s Euro Finals, and although in reality, there are no easy International matches, this one proved that, occasionally, there is.  England won at a canter, and especially in the first-half, the team showed how clinical they can be.  They certainly turned on the style in this, the 1,000th England International.

Montenegro began in lively fashion, winning an early corner and pushing forward well.  As England grew into the match however, the play settled down to virtual one-way traffic.  Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was in the thick of the action from the start and an early cross was cut out by goalkeeper, Milan Mijatovic.  Two minutes later a super run and cross from Jaydon Sancho so nearly reached Harry Kane, only to be thwarted by a terrific last-ditch clearance by Aleksander Sofranac.  As England continued to press hard, a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross was again cut out by the overworked Montenegro defence.  On 11 minutes though, England took the lead, and it was a fine goal too.

Ben Chilwell, on a forward run, sent a delightful chipped pass out to Oxlade-Chamberlain, unmarked on the right.  The Liverpool player showed his club form and  confidence by taking one touch, before then drilling a right-foot shot into the far corner.  It was a good build up, lovely pass, and great finish, a super goal all round.

The pressure continued from England as another good run and cross from Sancho was saved by the keeper after Kane’s weak header did not trouble him.  Just to make sure England were concentrating, a good break from Marko Vesovic was only stopped at the expense of a corner, a reminder to England’s defence that they still had to be alert, even though they were dominating the play.  A minute later and a fine England move almost brought goal number two.  This time Kane was the provider as he and Oxlade-Chamberlain combined to send Marcus Rashford bursting into the box.  He hit a hard drive which the goalkeeper blocked with his chest to divert the ball for a corner.  Moments later, and England won a free-kick on the left.  Chilwell took the kick and there was Kane, running in unmarked to head home from close range.  It was a well-taken goal, but woeful defending from the Montenegro players, who were all at sea, and becoming more and more overwhelmed by England’s attacking power.

Every now and again though, the visitors made a lively break, and in one move down the right, Rashford’s pace came in handy as he tracked back to stop a promising burst.  However, it was already clear that there was only going to be one outcome in this match and on 24 minutes England added a third goal.  Once again it was Chilwell, with a hat-trick of assists, this time taking a corner, which was headed home by Kane.  The Tottenham striker was really starting to enjoy this match and had now boosted his England goals tally to go equal with England legends Tom Finney, Nat Lofthouse and Alan Shearer on 30 goals.

In the 27th minute, Chilwell was involved again, this time at the other end.  He gave away a free-kick out on the right-wing and from the cross Marko Simic put in a fine header.  Somehow though, Jordan Pickford, who had hardly touched the ball thus far, dived to his left to pull of a fantastic save, tipping the ball around the post.

After that slight scare, England were quickly back on the attack.  The pass of the night from Alexander-Arnold to Sancho, down the right, helped win a corner.  The corner was played short and found Oxlade-Chamberlain sending over another inviting cross.  It was met by Harry Maguire and his header was brilliantly blocked by Mijatovic, but the ball rebounded out to Rashford, who quickly adjusted his feet, sent defenders the wrong way, before planting a fine shot into the far corner.  Another fine goal and one the Manchester United player deserved as he had been a real handful for the visiting defence.

Frustration started to get the better of Montenegro and one minor confrontation between Rashford and Vesovic ended with both players being booked.  England continued to push forward, and it was so easy for them, winning possession back quickly each time they lost the ball.  Harry Winks was doing some fine work in midfield, hustling and bustling to win the ball.  Kane shot well wide in one attack but the striker was not to be denied and on 37 minutes he completed his hat-trick with another terrific goal.  Alexander-Arnold’s cross was deflected to Kane right in front of goal.  A lovely touch, and as a defender dived in from his left, Kane turned the ball back the other way to beat the goalkeeper again.  It was a very clever goal by Kane and he is now in clear sixth place in the all-time goalscoring list, a fitting record for this special night.

As good as England are going forward they are still prone to the odd lapse at the back and with five minutes of the half left Montenegro should have pulled a goal back.  A through pass split the two England defenders John Stones and Maguire, leaving a clear run on goal for Fatos Beciraj.  He really should have scored but Pickford stood tall and the forward shot straight at him, the ball bouncing clear off the keeper’s hands and chest.  The follow-up attempt was fluffed and the chance was lost.  The first-half ended with one more shot by Rashford deflected wide and a 5-0 half-time score was no less than England deserved.

As often happens in these sort of one-sided games, the half-time break largely put an end to the excitement.  You always know that when the crowd start a Mexican wave!  A quiet start to the half, but with England still dominating possession.  On 55 minutes it looked as though Mason Mount was to register his first England goal after Kane’s shot was saved and Mount forced home the rebound.  Unfortunately the Chelsea man was flagged offside, much to his obvious disappointment.

Time for changes as Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kane were applauded off and on came James Maddison and Tammy Abraham to replace them, Maddison making his debut.  On 62 minutes Maguire headed yet another Chilwell corner over the bar, but four minutes later a powerful run by Rashford saw the ball evade Sancho, fall to Mount, who scuffed his shot, only to then see Sofranac crash his attempted clearance past his own goalkeeper!  That was the last thing the visitors needed and England began to create lots of chances again.  Mount went off to be replaced by Joe Gomez, who was quite unfairly and unnecessarily booed by a section of the crowd, for what reason only those morons that did it could tell you.  Sometimes you do wonder about football fans, do they never learn?

England continued to push forward, although, understandably, without quite the same intensity as in the first-half, but on 84 minutes they added a seventh goal.  Once more Chilwell began the move with a pass to Sancho.  The winger ran to the bye-line before pulling the ball across goal for Abraham to score his first England goal, continuing his fine club form this season.  And that was the last positive action of the game.  England had done the job more effectively than anyone could have asked.  They played some lovely football, scored some wonderful goals and have qualified for next year’s finals with a game to spare.  Who could ask for more in this very special 1,000th game?

Source Notes

TheFA.com
BBC Sport
Clive Tyldesley
UEFA.com
 


Mike Payne - football historian and contributor
   
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