England v Montenegro
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On Thursday night, England host Montenegro at Wembley in Group A of qualifying for the European Championships.
England have won five of their six qualifiers so far in the group. Another victory would see Gareth Southgate’s team qualify for next years tournament. The Three Lions will also win the group if the Czech Republic fail to defeat Kosovo.
The home side has a formidable record in qualifying for the European Championships, as they have lost just two of their last 32 qualifiers. They have also won 15 of their last 16 matches in qualifying.
A 6-0 win in Bulgaria in their last qualifier means that England have scored at least four goals in five of their six games in Group A.
England have also won their last nine European Championships qualifiers on home soil while scoring at least two goals in their last eight home matches.
Montenegro have experienced a miserable campaign so far, having failed to win in any of their seven games in Group A. The visitors have not just reserved their poor form for qualifiers, though, as they have won just once in their last ten outings in all competitions.
The visitors also have a poor away record in qualifiers since making their qualification debut in 2010, as they have won just one away game in their last 12 on their travels. Montenegro have struggled for goals of late in away qualifiers, with just one goal scored in their last four away matches.
The big news for England is that Raheem Sterling will not feature on Thursday due to an altercation with Liverpool defender Joe Gomez. Jordan Henderson is suspended, while Ross Barkley withdrew from the squad due to injury.
Montenegro are without Adam Marusic and Aleksandar Scekic, as well as Stefan Savic and Zarko Tomasevic. The injuries leave the visitors short on experienced defensive players.