Rio Ferdinand angry after England are refused a penalty for handball against Montenegro

Captain still confident Three Lions can win group
England captain Rio Ferdinand was left frustrated after the Three Lions were held to a goalless draw by Montenegro at Wembley.

The defender, who returned to the starting line-up following injury, felt his side deserved more from a game that they dominated for large parts.

The Three Lions failed to create too many clear chances during the match, but Ferdinand was left shocked that his side weren’t awarded a penalty in the 77th minute when away defender Milan Jovanovic appeared to handle the ball inside his own penalty area.

“I don’t need to see on replay,” Ferdinand told ITV Sport. “He [Jovanovic] might as have well have caught it, put it under his shirt and run home with it.

"I’m surprised the linesman on that side didn’t see it, but that’s what happens and you’ve got to get on with it.”

Summarising the match as a whole, the Manchester United stopper thought his side were untroubled defensively throughout.

“They hit bar late on but up until that [point] we were on the front foot trying to create chances,” added Ferdinand.

“Their keeper made a couple of good saves, and it seemed like it was going to be his day today really. [We were told to] quicken it up, we had a lot of the ball in the first half but didn’t really hurt them.

“We didn’t put them under any pressure high up the pitch but I think we changed that in the second half and we got our rewards in terms of creating a few little half chances but we never managed to put the ball in the back of the net, which is disappointing.”

The draw leaves England in second place in Group G - three points behind Tuesday's opponents - although Ferdinand was able to find some positives from the performance.

There may only five games left of the qualifying campaign but the skipper is also optimistic that his side can still climb to the top of the group and seal automatic qualification.

“It just wasn’t to be today but again we didn’t concede and were solid as a team from front to back.

“So we can take a few positives from it but we really should be winning games like that.

“We’ve got to go there, so it will be a tough game, but after today’s game we can go there and into the rest of the games with confidence.”

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