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WAYNE ROONEY yesterday admitted that World Cup minnows Montenegro gave England a lesson.

Rooney scored England’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 Hodgson’s stars could not stop Montenegro from dominating after the break scoring in the 77th minute.

“In the second half they came at us and we didn’t keep the ball well enough at times,” said Rooney.

“It was a lesson for us – we need to learn how to see out these games better.”

England also slumped to a 1-1 draw with Poland in October, falling away after Rooney scored – 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.

“I’m enjoying my football,” said the 27-year-old.

“It’s been probably my best run since I’ve been playing for England.”

He started the game as a central striker and said: “I’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 I’m enjoying my football.”

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.

“You get all sorts of things thrown at you,” said Hart.

“A lighter, a marker pen, a big bottle of Evian. All sorts. Anything they have to hand.

“A toilet roll pinged off my head and wrapped round my shoulder.

“It’s not going to kill you, is it? It’s not ideal, but that’s the beauty of football.”

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 – three for throwing fireworks and one for a pitch invasion – having already cost them more than £80,000.


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I think Englad has much better players than Montenegro but their main problem is that they are not used to playing together, something that has been evident for the last 10 years, at least. Anyways, the atmosphere in Podgorica and the determination of the Montenegro players in the second half really gave England a lesson.


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I think Montenegro is giving everyone in Europe a lesson, to be honest. They are really determined to grwo as a football nation and their fans really back the team up. Their main stars really seem to want to help the team go forward, unlike other star players that play for their team during qualifying stages, where they seem to play with no real incentive.


We really should have finished the game off in the first half, can't believe we let that lead slip.


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I really hope that the three lions will do better in the next few games and also at the world cup in general. Usually, I am not a big Fan of the English national team, but lately I grew fond of some of their players.

And about the fines: It's a shame that the national team has to pay for the idiotic escapades of a few morons who think they need to be funny. They are the one who should be charged, not the team.


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England have had the same problem since the late 90s and that is the players are just not as up for the games as players for other countries. It is meant to be an honour to play for your country but our boys treat it like a nuisance. I have found Rooney to be a lazy striker for England.


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It's a bif off-topic, but I was reminded of it when I saw this thread. :)