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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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Hodgson: England 'ready' for crunch clash

England football manager Roy Hodgson said his players were "ready" to face the pressure of tonight's crucial World Cup qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley.

A win for Hodgson's side could put them on the brink of qualification for Brazil 2014, but a defeat could prove fatal to their hopes of reaching the finals.

Roy Hodgson has tipped his England side to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

"We're ready for it. We believe in ourselves, trust in each other, have the right determination and motivation," Hodgson said.

"We are a long way forward compared to how I felt 18 months ago. This is a perfect opportunity to prove that and improve the mood."

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