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The Manchester City striker says that his country are confident after earning three draws against the Three Lions in qualifiers and insists they will not target Wayne Rooney

Stevan Jovetic believes that all the pressure is on England ahead of the Three Lions' crucial World Cup qualifying clash with Montenegro on Friday.

The Manchester City striker believes the emphasis is on Roy Hodgson's men to secure all three points, and, even as underdogs, is adamant his side can spring a surprise.

"Yes, I think they have more pressure than us because they are expected to win - and expect to win," Jovetic told The Independent. "England are the favourites because they have so many good players and they are a huge nation. But we have played them three times and shown we can compete with them.

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"The fact that we have drawn three times with England gives us confidence for this game and also the fact we have Moldova at home. England have us and then Poland, and I think it's going to be a big fight to see which country goes through."

Jovetic believes Montenegro's recent unbeaten run against the Three Lions, drawing their last three meetings, will give the side the confidence needed to get a result on Friday.

"We've played England three times, once at Wembley and twice in Montenegro, and they have all ended in draws," he continued. "I expect a very difficult game again but I believe in the Montenegro squad and we will give everything to win the game.

"For us it means everything to get to the finals of the World Cup or the European Championship, because we are such a small country. It's important to qualify, not just for football reasons, but also for the prestige of the country.

"We have seen neighbouring countries - Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia - reach the finals in the past and now we want to get there. I'm very excited by the game. It's always a very big occasion when you play England.

"For us, it's even more important this time because we have two games left in the group and if we get good results we can still qualify for the World Cup for the first time."
 
The striker also insisted that they will not target Wayne Rooney, after the Manchester United striker was sent off in the clash between the two sides in 2011, which saw him miss the first two games of Euro 2012. 

"No, no. He is a very good player and he has shown that so many times. No, we're not going to do that," Jovetic said. "It's normal that you play with passion when you play for your national team. I think he is a very good player we are not going to set out to provoke him."

Jovetic also thinks that domestic team-mate Joe Hart will be able to overcome his poor form at the start of the season, stating that he is one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

"We've spoken a lot about the game and he said 'Good luck' when we left the stadium after the game against Everton on Saturday - but I'm not sure he really meant it," added Jovetic.

"It was good for his confidence for him to play well against Everton. For me, he is one of top three goalkeepers in the world. As I say, I expect a very difficult game, but I believe we can win."

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