Brnovic mocks England's defensive angst

Ahead of their Group H showdown in Podgorica, Roy Hodgson's counterpart has a gentle dig at the Three Lions' depleted squad, suggesting that his own problems are much bigger
Montenegro coach Branko Brnovic believes that the unavailability of four of his key players for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against England puts Roy Hodgson's problems into perspective, mocking the "crying" over his opposite number's options.

The Three Lions have seen central defenders Rio Ferdinand and Gary Cahill withdraw from the squad, raising questions in the media about England's ability to cope with the likes of Stevan Jovetic and Mirko Vucinic in Podgorica.

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But Brnovic has little sympathy as he deals with absences from his own squad; defender Savo Pavicevic and midfielder Milorad Pekovic are both suspended while fellow midfielders Nikola Drincic and Branko Boskovic have been ruled out through injury.

"When I see how England cries ­ because they miss two central defenders - I think, what would I do?" said the Montenegro coach wryly to the press.

"I would need a thousand hankies to wipe the tears, as I miss four very important players. But I will not cry, I will find a solution. I have belief in every player in my squad."

Hodgson's counterpart suggested that his team - who sit on top of Group H with two more points than England - will play a counterattacking game while defending in depth to smother their opponents.

"We will maybe park a bus in defence but we also have two Ferraris in attack," he argued. "We are [the group] leaders, we can be patient and there is no need to go forward from the start. England must attack.

"The most important thing is not to concede and I am sure we will have space up front. We are dangerous in counterattacks.

"Stevan Jovetic and Mirko Vucinic didn't show what they can do against Moldova but I'm sure they will have extra motivation."