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England face Montenegro in the first of their final two World Cup qualifiers in Group H that will shape next summers plans.
Roy Hodgson’s side are currently one point clear at the top of Group H and will guarantee automatic qualification to the World Cup if they beat Montenegro and Poland, who visit Wembley next Tuesday, however with four teams in the hunt for top spot, any slip up’s will be punished.
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The England manager has been boosted that Wayne Rooney is back and fit.
Rooney will start up front after recovering from the head wound that ruled him out of the September clashes with Moldova and Ukraine.
The Manchester United man, the group’s top scorer with 5 goals, is set to partner in-form Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge.
Sturridge, with six goals from the first seven matches also missed the September internationals but is expected to start with Danny Welbeck making way.
Leighton Baines will replace Ashley Cole at left back with Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs will be on the bench following his call.
Joe Hart will start in goal despite recent criticisms over his form. The Manchester City stopper has had an inconsistent 2013 with a number of high profile mistakes however Hodgson is set to stand by his man.
Meanwhile Jack Wilshere will hope to put a disappointing week behind him with a place in the starting line up. The Arsenal midfielder parked controversy when he was asked about the prospect of Belgium-born midfielder Adnan Januzaj playing for England.
Wilshere said: “The only people who should play for England are English people.”
Those comments led to an angry response from England’s South African-born batsman Kevin Pietersen.
Montenegro manager Branko Brnovic’s meanwhile will head into the game full of confidence knowing the pressure is all on the home team.
Montenegro are also in with a shout of securing qualification and currently sit a point and two places below England and a shock result would put them in control of their destiny with Moldova at home their final game.
The majority of the Balkan’s side squad ply their football away from the domestic league and they have a number of players in there in squad capable of making life difficult with Manchester City forward Stevan Jovetic and captain Mirko Vucinic (Juventus) the most high profile.
The two sides drew when they met in March with FC Seoul star Dejan Damjanović cancelling out Rooney’s early goal and they have lost just once in 8 games so far, losing 4-0 at home to the Ukraine, who they earlier beat 1-0 away.
The nights other games see the Ukraine take on Poland. The Ukrainians won the last meeting between the two sides 3-1 and with home advantage will be out to make it a two-horse race coming into the final round of matches.
Ukraine have received a boost ahead of the game with FIFA confirming that spectators will now be able to attend the game against Poland.
The country were originally ordered to play the game behind closed doors after “racist and discriminatory incidents” took place during the World Cup qualifier between Ukraine and San Marino in Lviv on September 6.
However FIFA went back on its ruling that the game be played behind closed doors after the Ukraine appealed with football’s governing body basing their decision on the fact that there was not enough time for the appeals committee to meet ahead of the fixture.
San Marino meanwhile will aim for damage limitation when they travel to Chisinau to face Moldova in the night’s final game. The principality has already conceded 43 goals in their 8 games with just one goal scored and they lost 2-0 at home to Friday’s hosts.