Manchester City defender Stefan Savic has been teased by his club team-mates in the England squad over the small size of his home country, Montenegro, but has told them they will face a stern test on Friday night.
The defender, who signed for City this summer scored his first Premier League goal in the club's 4-0 win away at Blackburn on Saturday, believes his nation will prove tough for the Three Lions in a game that his team must win if they are to have a chance of overhauling England at the top of Group G.
Savic told The Telegraph: “They keep asking me: ‘Where are we going?’ and saying they don’t know where Montenegro is, because we are such a small country.
“We have only 800,000 people in our country but everyone is proud of what the football team means, and of the results this team has had in this qualification campaign.
“It should be a good game for both teams, but I expect a good result for us.”
England are top of Group G, six points ahead of second-place Montenegro, and can qualify for next summer's tournament with a point in Podgorica.
But even if Montenegro lose to England this week, a draw against third-place Switzerland would see Montenegro into next year's tournament.
Savic said: “If we can be first it’s good, but second place will be very good for us.
“Nobody expected us to be in first place after four games. We are so proud, but we need to continue.”