Bulgaria occupy the very last seat in Group G; that’s following their heavy 4-0 defeat away to England last Friday. Hat-trick hero Jermain Defoe exposed their weaknesses and Montenegro – who stunned Wales 1-0 – are out to repeat England’s feat over Bulgaria.
Montenegro manager, Zlatko Kranjcar, revealed his team’s ambitions ahead of Tuesday’s Euro 2012 qualifying match as he said:
“We go to Sofia with the aim of avoiding defeat. I will be content with a draw. Still, we will do everything possible to win against Bulgaria. That’s something I know how to do, as I defeated them during my time as coach of Croatia during the 2006 World Cup qualifiers.
The captain believes that the England national team will win unimpressed fans back if they can do so.
Steven Gerrard, who last time revealed that he would have booed the Three Lions if he was a supporter, perfectly understands why England are in such a tough situation. The Liverpool play maker explained on Thursday:
“The players realize – and the manager too – that we are under pressure at the moment. That’s normal, after underperforming at a World Cup. But it will really help if we put in a positive performance tomorrow [against Bulgaria] and get maximum points. Then, we can take the confidence from that into the Switzerland game on Tuesday.”
Statistics tell that Wayne Rooney hasn’t scored for the Three Lions since September last year as he was goalless as well throughout the World Cup in South Africa. The 24-year-old is also yet to score from open play for the Red Devils since March.
However, his penalty goal for Manchester United against West Ham United in the English Premier League last weekend declares that Wayne Rooney has recaptured his goal scoring touch, according to Coach Fabio Capello. The Italian manager gave his thoughts concerning the striker’s performance in United’s 3-0 win over the Hammers as he spoke from England’s team hotel. Capello proudly stated:
Fabio Capello’s England side will be hoping to get their Euro 2012 campaign off to a good start against Bulgaria at Wembley Stadium, London this Friday. After a disastrous World Cup campaign in South Africa by Capello’s men there have been a few changes for the England squad.
Capello has named a number of relatively new faces to the side and recalled a couple of players that have been out of the fold since before the last World Cup. Kieran Gibbs of Arsenal, Adam Johnson of Manchester City have made brief cameos for the England team, and Gary Cahill of Bolton Wanderers all get call ups for the two game series against Bulgaria and Switzerland. Birmingham City’s new keeper, Ben Foster returns to the England squad after a two year absence along with Jolean Lescott who was in Capello’s provisional 30 man squad for the World Cup but did not make the flight to South Africa.
England’s players and management team came in for a huge amount of criticism after the World Cup with some of the nations top stars bearing the brunt of the accusations about their performances. Indeed, some of the World Cup squad were axed for the recent friendly against Hungary at Wembley Stadium, such as Matthew Upson who was blamed for one of Germany’s goals in the heavy four-one loss to knock England out of the tournament.