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  • Montenegro 2-2 England: Young, Bent scored, Rooney sent-off

    England are well placed to get the point they need to qualify for Euro 2012 against Montenegro. Wayne Rooney was sent off as England blew a 2-0 lead but still booked their place at the Euro 2012 finals courtesy of a 2-2 draw with Montenegro in a sodden Podgorica.

    The Manchester United forward was red carded for a second time in an England jersey for stupidly kicking Miodrag Dzudovic off the ball on 72 minutes with his team leading 2-1.

    Montenegro grabbed the equaliser they needed to secure the play-off spot from Group G ahead of Switzerland when Andrija Delibasic rose to head home in the first minute of three added on for stoppages.

    Rooney will serves his one-match ban at the Euro 2012 finals. UEFA have confirmed he will serve at least at a one-match ban, but it could yet be a more severe punishment for the player.

    Needing only a point to secure qualification, Fabio Capello’s side made a vibrant start to the evening in their final match of the section.

    They secured a deserved lead when Theo Walcott crossed deep for Ashley Young to nod home at the back post from close range on 11 minutes.

    They added a second when Darren Bent popped up on 31 minutes to nudge the ball over the line for his fourth England goal after Young had delivered a timely cross from Rooney’s delightful pass.

    Montenegro had done little or nothing in the first period, but somehow gave themselves hopes when Elsad Zverotic saw a deflected shot spin off the foot off Gary Cahill from Fatos Beciraj before beating a sprawling Joe Hart in the England goal on 44 minutes.

    England looked in command until Rooney was sent off, enabling the home side to net an equaliser they probably deserved.
    Desmond Kane (on Twitter: @DesmondKane) / Eurosport

    Credits: Eurosport

    Team Line-up:

    Montenegro: Mladen Bozovic, Zverotic, Djudovic, Savic, Kascelan, Vukcevic, Pekovic, Vladimir Bozovic, Beciraj, Jovetic, Vucinic.
    Subs: Blazic, Jovanovic, Batak, Djalovic, Damjanovic, Cetkovic, Delibasic
    England: Hart, Jones, Terry, Cahill, Cole, Walcott, Barry, Parker, Young, Bent, Rooney.
    Subs: Carson, Jagielka, Baines, Lampard, Downing, Welbeck, Zamora


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