England boss Roy Hodgson warns of the dangers possessed by Montenegro ahead of Friday's game
Roy Hodgson has warned his England team of the dangers they will face when Montenegro visit Wembley next Friday.
It will be the first of two crucial World Cup qualifiers for Hodgson’s side, who know that victories in both Friday’s match and the clash with Poland the following Tuesday will be enough to see them qualify for Brazil 2014.
And having failed to beat Montenegro in three games in recent years, Hodgson knows what sort of challenges will lie in front of the Three Lions in five days.
He told TheFA.com: "They're well organised and a tough team to play, they’re dangerous from set-plays and a big and strong team.
"They're a team that knows how to defend and a team that will ask questions of us too.
"They will expect us to take the game to them and take the initiative and they'll be trying to use the counter-attacking opportunities
"So we can't throw players forward to try and score goals and leave ourselves exposed.
"We know the task ahead and we can't criticise Montenegro for that.”
Montenegro’s last trip to Wembley ended in a 0-0 draw in 2010 and England’s last two trips to Podgorica have also ended all square.
But Hodgson knows his side really need to end that run of results before they go into the final qualifier with Poland on Tuesday 15 October.
"It won't be the type of equal game that we've seen against the likes of Brazil, or even Scotland, who came out when they had the ball,” he added.
"They'll be defensively minded because their best chance of beating us will be on the counter attack.”
Watch the full interview with Roy on the strengths of Monetenegro and his tribute to the home support he’s expecting at Wembley in the video player below.