The last England side to face Montenegro: Where are they now?

The last England side to face Montenegro; Where are they now?

Everton defender Phil Jagielka
The last England team to face Montenegro

England’s last meeting with Montenegro six years ago saw the Three Lions soar to a 4-1 victory.

The win at Wembley meant Roy Hodgson’s side finally ended their poor record against the nation whom they had previously been held to three consecutive draws by.

That victory saw England move to within touching distance of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, as goals from Wayne Rooney, Andros Townsend, Daniel Sturridge and an own goal from Branko Boskovic helped Roy Hodgson’s side secure the three points.

As the Three Lions prepare to face Montenegro for the first time in five and a half years this evening, here is the last England team to face them and how their careers have fared since.

Goalkeeper: Joe Hart

Joe Hart, who was England’s first-choice for much of Roy Hodgson’s tenure in charge has had a mixed career since the Montenegro mauling.

At the back end of his Manchester City career, Hart spent a brief spell out on loan with Torino in Italy before signing permanently for West Ham United.

Right-back: Kyle Walker

The only player still in England’s squad for tonight’s EURO 2020 qualifier is Manchester City full-back Kyle Walker, who was playing for Tottenham Hotspur the last time the Three Lions faced the Brave Falcons.

Tonight is likely to be Walker’s 46th cap for his country, whilst his last against the same opposition was his ninth.

Centre-back: Phil Jagielka

Everton’s Phil Jagielka was one half of the centre-back partnership that cruised to a 4-1 win.

Marco Silva’s 36-year-old has made just three appearances this season and has not played for his country since November 2016.

Centre-back: Gary Cahill

An experienced defender finding himself in a similar run of lacking game time is Chelsea’s club captain Gary Cahill.

The former England captain has not played for his club since November and given he is out of contract at the end of this season, is likely to see his lengthy stay at Stamford Bridge come to an end.

Left-back: Leighton Baines

Unlike his opposing full-back, Leighton Baines’ time in and around the England team has been non-existent in recent seasons.

At Goodison Park, he is currently playing second fiddle to in-form Frenchman Lucas Digne and has not worn a Three Lions shirt since a 4-0 win over Lithuania four years ago.

Defensive-midfield: Steven Gerrard (captain)

One of England’s greatest midfielders, Steven Gerrard, saw his career take a brief trip to America with Los Angeles Galaxy before retiring.

After he was playing days were numbered, he coached Liverpool’s under-18s before taking the role as Rangers’ first-team manager at the start of this season.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard during his playing days

Defensive-midfield: Frank Lampard

In similar circumstances, Gerrard’s goal-scoring midfield colleague Frank Lampard ventured to New York City FC before calling time on his playing career,

Now, Lampard is in charge of Sky Bet Championship side Derby County, who are battling to sneak into the play-off places before the season ends in May.

Frank Lampard is now in charge at Pride Park

Right-midfield: Andros Townsend

A player who had so much promise whilst at Tottenham is Andros Townsend, who fired in a thunderbolt against Montenegro on his international debut, but he was sadly was unable to retain his place in England’s plans.

Now playing for Crystal Palace, Townsend has chipped in with useful goals in the Premier League this term. However, at the age of 27, he still only has just 13 international caps to his name.

Andros Townsend scored the pick of the goals that day

Attacking-midfield: Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney went onto become England’s leading all-time goalscorer before retiring from international football, with his goal against Montenegro being the 37th of his 53 for his country.

Now aged 33, Rooney is playing for MLS side DC United, captaining the outfit managed by Ben Olsen.

Left-midfield: Danny Welbeck

Danny Welbeck’s career has been blighted by injuries and whilst still at Arsenal, has not featured for England for sixth months.

His last goal for the Three Lions came against Costa Rica in a friendly prior to the 2018 World Cup, a tournament where Welbeck featured for just 11 minutes against Belgium in the group stage.

Striker: Daniel Sturridge

Like Welbeck, the word injury has been all too familiar for Daniel Sturridge in the past few campaigns.

Having scored the infamous winner against Wales at EURO 2016, Sturridge has not netted for his country since November of that year.

Daniel Sturridge has been frozen out of the England set-up in recent years