Branko Brnovic coy on England
Montenegro coach Branko Brnovic resisted the temptation to tear into England for a second time as he contemplates the monumental task of leading his patched-up team to victory at Wembley.
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Prior to the reverse fixture in March, Brnovic aimed a furious tirade at England, branding Roy Hodgson's side arrogant long-ball merchants who were riddled with weaknesses.
But the 46-year-old was completely unrecognisable from that cocksure figure on Thursday night, 24 hours before his team's Group H qualifier in London.
Brnovic refused to be drawn on Joe Hart's recent poor form and the idea of winding up Wayne Rooney, who received a two-match suspension for kicking Montenegro defender Miodrag Dzudovic in 2011.
"I don't want to talk about any English players," said a frustrated Brnovic after being hit with questions about the home side.
"I will concentrate on my team."
That team is nowhere near as strong as the one that gave England a real fright in March, when Montenegro put in a very impressive second-half performance to earn a 1-1 draw that could well have ended up being a win.
Captain Mirko Vucinic, Lille centre-back Marko Basa and midfielder Miodrag Pekovic are all injured while Dzudovic may also miss out.
"I'm sorry we are not complete. I was planning to play one great match," Brnovic said.
Brnovic cut a downbeat figure throughout his short media conference at Wembley on Thursday night - but there was a burst of laughter when he duped a reporter in to believing Vucinic would start - only to reveal afterwards that it was a joke.
There was another bit of comedy when Brnovic was asked about the possibility that his team could freeze in front an almost-sold out 90,000 crowd at Wembley.
"It's OK, we brought some jackets with us," he said with a smile.
"Our every single player is looking forward to it. You cannot play every day at Wembley. This is an important match.
"Even if don't succeed we did a great job in these qualifiers and this team has a bright future in front of them."
One crumb of comfort for Brnovic is that Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic is available despite recent worries about his fitness.
Jovetic seemed more upbeat about Montenegro's chances of claiming what would be a historic win for the Balkan nation, who did not play their first recognised international match until 2007.
"It's true we're missing important players but we have to play with the players who are here," the 23-year-old said.
"We know England are strong; we've played them three times and drawn three times.
"I'm sure even if we are missing a couple of players we can still play a good game.
"We will play our best and try to win and I think it will be perfect."
Jovetic admits it would be a dream come true should Montenegro overtake England at the top of Group H and qualify for Brazil 2014.
To do so they will have to find a way past Jovetic's Manchester City team-mate Hart.
The goalkeeper has been out of form lately, but Jovetic still rates the stopper highly.
"Joe Hart is one of the five best goalkeepers in the world," said Jovetic, who moved to City from Fiorentina in a £22million deal this summer.
"He's a good guy. He's not perfect, he can make mistakes but I haven't spoken to my team-mates about that.
"We don't think he has problems."