WAYNE ROONEY yesterday admitted that World Cup minnows Montenegro gave England a lesson.
Rooney scored Englandâ€™s sixth-minute goal in the 1-1 draw in Podgorica on Tuesday.
Rooney reckons he is in the best goalscoring form of his international career.
But he and the rest of Roy Hodgsonâ€™s stars could not stop Montenegro from dominating after the break scoring in the 77th minute.
â€œIn the second half they came at us and we didnâ€™t keep the ball well enough at times,â€ said Rooney.
â€œIt was a lesson for us â€“ we need to learn how to see out these games better.â€
England also slumped to a 1-1 draw with Poland in October, falling away after Rooney scored â€“ again with a header, in the 30th minute, conceding 40 minutes later.
And the Three Lions threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 in Euro 2012 qualifying in Montenegro 18 months ago.
But a big positive on Tuesday night was the goal-scoring exploits of Rooney for both club and country.
His effort made it six in his last five appearances for England and four on the spin in all games since being axed at Manchester United for the Champions League loss to Real Madrid.
â€œIâ€™m enjoying my football,â€ said the 27-year-old.
â€œItâ€™s been probably my best run since Iâ€™ve been playing for England.â€
He started the game as a central striker and said: â€œIâ€™m enjoying playing obviously a new role. You get chances and thankfully I took one. I have been playing well for a whole now and Iâ€™m enjoying my football.â€
Meanwhile, Manchester City keeper Joe Hart confirmed he had been pelted with objects on Tuesday night.
And there have been claims skipper Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole were even spat on by hostile home fans.
â€œYou get all sorts of things thrown at you,â€ said Hart.
â€œA lighter, a marker pen, a big bottle of Evian. All sorts. Anything they have to hand.
â€œA toilet roll pinged off my head and wrapped round my shoulder.
â€œItâ€™s not going to kill you, is it? Itâ€™s not ideal, but thatâ€™s the beauty of football.â€
England are refusing to rise to the bait and are understood not to want to lodge a complaint, with Montenegro yet to visit Wembley.
But FIFA are set to investigate and could hit Montenegro with a fifth fine, with four recent ones â€“ three for throwing fireworks and one for a pitch invasion â€“ having already cost them more than Â£80,000.