World Cup qualifiers: England squad all train ahead of Montenegro clash

England train ahead of Friday's World Cup qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley

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Every member of England's 23-man squad was present at training on Thursday morning.

Roy Hodgson's team face Montenegro in a vital World Cup qualifier on Friday, with England currently holding a slender one-point advantage at the top of the Group H table.

Hodgson is yet to give any clues as to the make-up of his starting XI but it appears he does not have any major injury worries ahead of the crucial match at Wembley.

England complete their qualifying campaign with another home match next Tuesday against Poland knowing six points from their final two fixtures will guarantee their place on the plane for next summer's finals in Brazil.

Poland, Montenegro and Ukraine can all still qualify for the finals with the Group H runners-up set to compete in a two-legged play-off match in November.

Wayne Rooney can expect to start up front, and the Manchester United striker has described England's current attacking line-up as the best he has seen in 10 years on the international stage.

Wayne Rooney believes that the current forward line is the best he's been involved with for England.

He told Sky Sports News: "I think since I've been in the squad this is probably the best group of forwards we've had in terms of ability, goal-scoring wise. Then obviously Rickie Lambert's come into the squad, he's scoring goals for Southampton he's done really well for England.

"Then you've got Welbeck and Sturridge and then obviously myself. Me and Jermain (Defoe) have probably been around the squad a bit longer and I think with Sturridge and Welbeck there's a lot of energy. Obviously we can both score goals so it's a good blend of forwards."

Under-pressure Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has been assured of his place by Hodgson, with Phil Jagielka insisting England's defenders have total confidence in their No.1

"There is no question in my mind how Joe will react and how he will perform," he said.

"He is a fantastic goalkeeper and a fantastic lad. If he does make a bad decision the ball ends up in the back of the goal - he knows that is part of the territory for him.

"He sets massively high standards for himself and when it doesn't go for him people are quick to jump on his back.

"He knows he has the full backing of the whole squad and I am sure he is delighted to be here and he is looking forward to playing."

Roy Hodgson's pre-match press conference will be live on Sky Sports News from around 1pm this afternoon

What will be the outcome in the match England vs Montenegro?

  • England
  • Draw
  • Montenegro