Despite plenty of rumours suggesting that Bobby Zamora would start England’s crucial Euro 2012 qualifier in Montenegro tonight, the Fulham striker has had to settle for a place on the bench.
Fabio Capello has chosen the Aston Villa striker Darren Bent as Wayne Rooney’s partner for the Podgorica tie. England need a point from their final group game to ensure automatic qualification for next year’s European Championship finals in Poland and Ukraine. The England coach does hand a debut to Phil Jones, albeit in the unfamiliar right-back position, while Gareth Barry and Scott Parker are retained in central midfield. Scott Carson is preferred to David Stockdale as back-up for Joe Hart.
ENGLAND: Hart; Jones, A. Cole, Terry, Cahill; Parker, Barry, Walcott, Young; Bent, Rooney. Subs: Carson, Jagielka, Baines, Lampard, Downing, Welbeck, Zamora.