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England win crucial qualifier

England won their World Cup qualifier against Montenegro to keep on track for a guaranteed place in Rio next summer. Andros Townsend scored a spectacular goal on his debut.

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England win 4-1 to wrestle back World Cup destiny

Andros Townsend capped a man of the match debut performance with the third goal for England. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

England remain in control of their World Cup destiny after a 4-1 victory over Montenegro in the qualifier at Wembley.

An early second half strike from Wayne Rooney and a comical own goal put Roy Hodgson's team in charge after Ukraine had briefly topped Group H with an earlier home win over Poland.

Montenegro pulled a goal back through Dejan Damjanovic but a long-range goal from debutant Andros Townsend and Daniel Sturridge's late penalty secured the win.

The result means a win at home to Poland on Tuesday night will confirm England's place at next summer's tournament in Rio de Janeiro.

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