England confirmed their place in the 2012 Euro Championship with a 2-2 draw against Montenegro, in the Podgorica City Stadium.
Played in a hostile atmosphere, Fabio Capello’s men were seemingly cruising after racing into a 2-0 lead courtesy of goals from Darren Bent and Ashley Young. England looked in relative control but like so many times before under the Italian’s reign they were responsible for their own downfall that brought Montenegro back into the game on the stroke of half time.
The second half played out in much the same vein, with Scott Parker in particular impressing in midfield and just as England looked in control of the contest, a moment of madness from Wayne Rooney, 20 minutes from time, ensured a tense finish that eventually opened the door for Montenegro to score a late equaliser. Capello was absolutely furious at his No.10 and the sending off ensures that Rooney will be suspended for the Euro 2012 opener.
Despite Rooney’s actions, the final whistle meant it was job done for Fabio Capello who can now start preparing for the tournament in Poland and the Ukraine in the coming months.