Pressure on England says Vucinic

Montenegro striker Mirko VucinicMontenegro captain Mirko Vucinic believes that England are favourites ahead of Tuesday’s World Cup qualification clash.

The Eastern Europeans currently top Group H, two points clear of the Three Lions.

Many are predicting a tough encounter for Roy Hodgson’s men, who will travel to Podgorica knowing that a win could be vital to their hopes of making it to Brazil 2016.

However, Vucinic, who plays his domestic football with Juventus, believes that his side are the underdogs and that all of the pressure is on England:

“England are still one of the best teams and they start as favourites to win this match,” he is quoted by Sky Sports.

“But the situation is completely different when it comes to the group standings. That means they have to come and attack us.

“We have a stronger selection of players this time than in the Euros – and England have a weaker defence because some of their players can’t play.

“But they still have one hell of an attacking player in Wayne Rooney – so I expect it to be an interesting, exciting match.”

England have managed three wins and two draws in the qualification campaign so far, scoring maximum points against San Marino (twice) and Moldova, whilst securing draws against Poland and Ukraine.

Vucinic is confused by their relatively underwhelming form, especially with the Premier League one of the strongest set-ups in the world:

“It’s hard for me to find the answer why England are not doing better.

“It’s strange because, for me, the Premier League is one of the very best leagues in the world.”

Vucinic has been in fine form for Montenegro so far, netting two goals in their five Group H matches so far.

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