Montenegro boss Branko Brnovic lambasts against England
Montenegro manager Branko Brnovic riled up the Three Lions by suggesting they were pompous enough to believe they had already qualified for the World Cup. Branko Brnovic lambasted against England in his pre-match press conference claiming his side were ready for the battle on Tuesday.
Branko Brnovic aimed his criticism at the England national team, the Football Association and former internationals. Group H leaders Montenegro have a two-point cushion over England, which means an English victory would see the Three Lions become the new group leaders.
Branko Brnovic criticism arrives after England complained about the pitch at Montenegro’s Podgorica City Stadium.
“I read in the press today statements from some English players about the way the pitch will look. As far as I know, [it is] the English [who] have always favoured long passes,” Branko Brnovic said. “This supports the idea that they're more scared of this game than we are.”
Reports suggest the Football Association has setup friendlies with German and Argentina in November for England. Branko Brnovic claims the Football Association should have organized the friendlies before the start of World Cup qualifiers.
“Perhaps they organised the friendlies before the start of the qualifiers,” Branko Brnovic said. “Perhaps after the game tomorrow they will have to cancel them. I would say that could be their undoing tomorrow.
“We are aware that we are playing a very strong national team. But we are playing in our own stadium, we have very good players and England will really have to toil to beat us.”
The last time England and Montenegro met each other was during a qualification match for Euro 2012. Coincidentally, the match was held at the Podgorica City Stadium, where Wayne Rooney caught the spotlight by grabbing a red card for kicking Miodrag Dzudovic. Consequently, England lost a two-goal lead and Wayne Rooney’s absence hampered the England’s performance in the World Cup.
Former England striker and captain Alan Shearer claims Montenegro could resort to dirty tactics to rile up Wayne Rooney. Branko Brnovic claims the criticism from Alan Shearer is unjust because it was Wayne Rooney, who kicked his men the last time.
As far as I know, Rooney was the one who attacked our player last time, not vice-versa,” Wayne Rooney said. “I know that our strikers Jovetic and Vucinic always suffer strong kicks, but they never complain. English legends [like Shearer] are already trying to resort to excuses for what happens tomorrow.”