Montenegro v England: Key battles

Wayne Rooney will resume his battle with the Montenegrin defence on Tuesday, 17 months after his red card against them. Photo: PA

England take on Montenegro on Tuesday in a World Cup qualifier they cannot afford to lose if they are to keep alive their hopes of winning Group H and qualifying automatically for next year's tournament.

Here we look at some of the potentially key areas where England will look to come out on top against a side who head the group table by two points.

Joleon Lescott v Stevan Jovetic

Lescott has returned to the England side after initially not being named in Roy Hodgson's squad through a lack of action at Manchester City. He will have to be at his best to cope with the threat of Jovetic who is reported to be Arsenal's number one transfer target for this summer and is rated in the £25million bracket by his current club, Fiorentina.

Chris Smalling v Mirko Vucinic

Jovetic's hero is strike partner Vucinic and there is no doubt the duo represent Montenegro's best chance of pulling off a notable scalp. Vucinic scored the winner in Friday's 1-0 away success over Moldova - his 14th international goal. Smalling will be keen to shackle the Juventus star, who can play out wide or in a deep lying role, and make one of the centre-back positions his own.

Wayne Rooney v Mladen Bozovic

England will not want a repeat of the red card shame endured by Rooney in the same stadium 17 months ago in a Euro 2012 qualifier, when Montenegro fought back to draw 2-2 from being 2-0 down. Montenegro will hope goalkeeper Bozovic can frustrate Rooney as well as the other England forward players and clock up a fifth successive clean sheet for his country to keep them top of the group.