England v Montenegro: Key battles

Man City's Stevan Jovetic could be a threat to England. Photo: PA

England host Montenegro on Friday in a crunch World Cup qualifier at Wembley.

Here, we look at the key battles that could decide the outcome of the match.


With Miodrag Dzudovic - the man who Rooney kicked in 2011 - ruled out through injury, the responsibility of keeping England's top striker in check will fall on Savic's shoulders. Manchester City had high hopes for Savic when they paid £6million for his services in 2011, but he barely featured in their title-winning campaign and was sold one year later. The 22-year-old has not pulled up any trees since moving to Fiorentina and Rooney will be hoping to pull him out of position to play the pacy Daniel Sturridge in behind.


Wilshere has had a turbulent build-up to the qualifier. He was pictured smoking outside a nightclub last week and then caused controversy with his comments about eligibility for the national side. The Arsenal man was poor against Ukraine, but he remains one of the most talented players available to Roy Hodgson. Drincic, 29, will be out to impress at Wembley because he was released by Russian side FC Krasnodar in the summer and is still without a club.


Cahill was one of the few players to come out of the game in Kiev with his reputation boosted. The centre-back performed heroically to keep Ukraine at bay, but he has been in and out of the Chelsea team since as Jose Mourinho has preferred David Luiz. His partnership with Phil Jagielka for England has blossomed, however. Many thought Jovetic would set the Barclays Premier League alight following his big-money move from Fiorentina, but the striker has started one top-flight game for Manchester City and his only goals have come against Wigan in the Capital One Cup.