England’s footballers beat Montenegro 4-1 in their 2014 World Cup qualifier match – helped by their opponent’s own goal. But they need to beat Poland in their next game to be sure of qualification.
Andros Townsend put in a stellar debut as England beat Montenegro 4-1 at Wembley Stadium to move a step closer to the World Cup finals in Brazil.
Townsend scored a brilliant solo strike to put England 3-1 up, having been involved in Wayne Rooney’s opener early in the second half.
A Branko Boskovic own-goal had made it 2-0 just after the hour mark, but a stubborn Montenegro side gave England the jitters when Dejan Damjanovic pulled one back with 18 minutes left.
Townsend’s star turn put their challenge to bed, however, with Daniel Sturridge adding a late fourth from the spot to seal the win.
Roy Hodgson’s side go top of group H, with Montenegro now out of contention following Ukraine’s 1-0 win over Poland earlier.
England, who are guaranteed a play-off spot, play the Poles next week, needing to match Ukraine’s result – a win against Poland – to be assured of qualification.