Six changes for England

Wayne Rooney returned to the scene of his red card shame to try to steer England closer to a place in next year's World Cup finals.

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Wayne Rooney: Starts against Miontenegro

Wayne Rooney: Starts against Miontenegro

On his last visit to Montenegro, Rooney was sent off for kicking Miodrag Dzudovic, earning himself a two-match ban which ruined his Euro 2012.

The Manchester United man was one of just three members of that starting line-up to retain their places, with Joe Hart and Ashley Cole the others.

Cole was one of six changes to Roy Hodgson's starting line-up from Friday's eight-goal hammering of San Marino, which kept England two points behind Montenegro in the battle for Group H supremacy.

Skipper Steven Gerrard also returned and was joined in midfield by Michael Carrick and James Milner.

Glen Johnson shrugged off a toe injury to take his place in the starting line-up, whilst Danny Welbeck returned, becoming a fifth Manchester United player in Hodgson's team as Tom Cleverley extended his ever-present record.

England team to play Montenegro in World Cup qualifying Group H tonight: Hart, Johnson, Smalling, Lescott, Cole, Gerrard, Carrick, Milner, Cleverley, Welbeck, Rooney.


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lassic management. Build them up and then knock them back. Raise expectations and then dampen them. Create a dynamic where by you demand the most from your team, but where the team are given room to manoeuvre unexpected or unwanted results. Classy work by Van Gaal, he really reminds me a lot of me. A smart cookie, make no doubt.

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e will be the England left back for ten years or more, and then you will have to thank MUFC for that. *smiles*

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urely because of that little diva moment he had last night, I don't want him coming to my club. DESTROYED ? Grow up and give something back to the club that helped put you up there on the world stage.

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