Skipper Steven Gerrard says he and team mates are looking forward to meeting Montenegro
England captain Steven Gerrard
feels his side will have to be at their very best if they are to beat group leaders Montenegro in Tuesday night's crunch 2014 World Cup Qualifying clash.
The Three Lions can climb to the top of Group H
if they secure all three points in Podgorica, but the England skipper is aware that Roy Hodgson's men are in for a tough encounter.
And Gerrard, who is in line to win his 102nd cap if selected, is relishing the challenge that lies in wait.
He said: "These are the big games you look forward to. It will be tough and a decisive game and we are looking forward to it.
"I've not spoken to others about Montenegro. It will be a hostile atmosphere and they are littered with good players, it will be tough.
"The level of our performance will be key. We believe we are more than capable of three points if we play to our maximum. We have to be at our best to beat a good Montenegro side."
The Liverpool midfielder also feels England will be boosted by the momentum generated by back-to-back wins against Brazil
and San Marino
in their last two outings.
He added: "That momentum has come not just from Friday [against San Marino], but Brazil as well. The manager used the squad the other night and everyone is in good spirits coming up to the game."
The match on Tuesday night will be live on ITV, kick off 8pm (GMT).