England has struggled to make good memories at the Podgorica City Stadium. The Three Lions once again lost their lead to the Brave Falcons with substitute Dejan Damjanovic scoring in the second-half after Wayne Rooney’s sixth minute goal.
England captain Steven Gerrard believes his side “deserved” to lose two points to Montenegro. The midfielder veteran claims England lost form in the second-half of the game on Tuesday evening, which is primary reason behind the 1-1 draw.
The draw leaves England two points away from an automatic qualification for the 2014 World Cup. England still have three World Cup qualification games left on their schedule, which means they still have the opportunity to grab acquire automatic qualification if Montenegro slip-up.
“We stopped playing after the break for 20 or 30 minutes and away from home you can't do that,” Steven Gerrard said. “We stopped passing the ball and that's when we lost control. I think they deserved the equaliser.
“There was a lot of experience out there and we showed that in the first half - we controlled the game. But the problem is, at 1-0 you're always vulnerable - you've got to go on and get that second goal to be in complete control and we didn't do that.
“They took control of the second half - up until the last ten minutes - and they deserved the draw.”
England manager Roy Hodgson insists the Three Lions are still in driving seat for the World Cup qualification, despite the 1-1 draw to Montenegro, a team that created a lot of trouble for England in Euro 2012 as well. Montenegro recorded a two-goal comeback to grab a 2-2 draw and saw Wayne Rooney get carded during the qualification process for Euro 2012.
Steven Gerrard believes Roy Hodgson is right to point out England will be able to qualify for the World Cup. Nonetheless, the midfield maestro wants his side to give their best in the remaining games of the campaign.
“We're still confident we can finish top of the group,” Steven Gerrard continued. “We need to win all our games and we certainly need to improve on the second half performance and play like we did in the first half.
“We need to go and get three points when we go to Ukraine and we need a perfect result at home.”