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Nic Ladds 11th Oct 2010 - 14:37

England are thin on numbers but still have the quality

England are a bit short on numbers for the Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro but they still have more than enough quality to get three more points in front of the Wembley faithful.

England (1/4) already have maximum points from their first two qualification matches and their form has been impressive. As they take on the team ranked 40th in the world, it is hard to see them failing to make it nine points from nine.

Montenegro (14/1) have shocked a few people with their performances so far in Group G so I am not suggesting for one minute it is going to be a big score rout. Montenegro have picked up maximum points with three 1-0 wins over Wales, Bulgaria and Switzerland.

England will be without some important players with John Terry and Phil Jagielka out of contention, Joleon Lescott is expected to line up against returning caption Rio Ferdinand at centre back.

As Heskey has fully retired from the international scene, Darren Bent was expected to make a rare start but he has picked up an untimely injury and Peter Crouch is expected to partner Wayne Rooney up front.

Wayne Rooney has impressed Capello in training this week and he will be hoping he can continue his form from the last England match against Switzerland when he bagged a goal. Against lower-ranked opposition such as Montenegro, Rooney should really be smashing in the goals and is 11/4 to do so first or an enhanced 4/1 to score two or more at any time.

Peter Crouch has always played well for England, his record of 21 in 40 matches is testament to that and he could certainly be in amongst the goals in this match and is 4/1 to score first.

Adam Johnson's fledging international career seems to be coming on leaps and bounds and with the injury to Aaron Lennon he could be in line to start. He has bagged two goals in his last two appearances and looks a decent bet at 7/1 first or 2/1 anytime.

Montenegro's main threat will come from Roma front man Mirko Vucinic, he has scored 11 in 21 for his national side and he is the sort of player who can create a goal from nothing. He is the favourite to score first for the visitors and is 9/1 to oblige.

England have more than enough quality to pick up three points here, their record at Wembley is on the verge of breaking a record. They have notched up 11 straight home wins under Capello and should they make it 12 it would be a record run at home.

I think it is much better to back England on the handicap of -1 goal at 3/4 as they easily have the quality to beat them by a couple of clear goals. The same price of 3/4 is also available on England/England in the double result market which also looks decent.

Fabio Capello showed just how ruthless England can be in qualification campaigns before the disastrous World Cup finals in South Africa and England will not let up in their preparations for Euro 2012. Let's just hope they can take qualification form into the finals this time.

 

 
 
 

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