Joe Hart wants England to step on the pedal against Montenegro
Joe Hart has beckoned his England teammates to stay on their toes in the World Cup qualifying game against Montenegro on Tuesday. The goalkeeper believes England needs to replicate the form they showed against San Marino on Friday to prove they are worthy contenders for the World Cup trophy.
The England shot-stopper became a spectator in England’s 8-0 demolition of San Marino on Friday. England completely obliterated San Marino by keeping more than 80% of the ball possession and coming up with a total 27 shots on goal.
Victory against Montenegro will allow Roy Hodgson’s side to become the new leaders of Group H, but in case of defeat England would get five points behind current group leaders Montenegro. A jog down the memory lane will remind you of how England threw away a two-goal lead and then saw Wayne Rooney sent off against Montenegro.
Montenegro will be hoping of a similar upset, which is why Joe Hart wants to warn his teammates to be wary of the battle at Podgorica.
“Tuesday is big, an exciting game for us,” Joe Hart said. “We are getting closer to the World Cup finals. We've got to perform. Maybe we could be accused of taking our foot off the pedal as we let a 2-0 advantage slip away last time against them when we needed just a point.
“That is not going to be the case this time. We've got a job on our hands in an intimidating arena, but we've definitely got the capabilities. We go there with the intention of doing well against a good nation.
“Brazil is a long way off, and I'm not going to get carried away thinking about that, but hopefully with a few wins we can start doing that.”
England midfielder James Milner claims he can’t wait to set his foot at the Podgorica Stadium. James Milner claims he relishes the opportunity to meet the challenge against Montenegro on Tuesday and hopes his teammates are up for the challenge as well.
“These are the sort of games you enjoy playing in, with the crowd on your back, and when you are getting a lot of stick,” James Milner said. “We will know it well from having been there before. It will be tough.
“It is never easy qualifying for a major tournament. We know Montenegro are a good team and they showed that in their qualifying campaign but we are thinking positively.”