Friday 23 February 2018

Not quite the full monty but...

MIRKO VUCINIC has promised to whip off his shorts and put them on his head if he scores at Wembley tonight, but if that happens it will be England manager Fabio Capello and his team who will be looking exposed.

No one could possibly complain that they had not been warned about Montenegro's most famous, and most dangerous, player -- their captain and national hero, a man who loves the limelight so much he celebrated his winning goal in last Friday's 1-0 win over Switzerland by prancing around in his smalls.

The Roma striker has been the inspiration behind Group G leaders Montenegro's remarkable rise up the FIFA world rankings, from 199th to their current position of 40th -- ahead of Romania, Scotland and Peru -- since splitting from Serbia three years ago.

Vucinic scored the first goal in the newly independent country's history with a penalty in the 2-1 victory over Hungary in March 2007 and has continued scoring ever since, with 11 goals in 22 international appearances.

The bigger the stage, the better he plays, for Vucinic has also developed a habit of scoring in key games for Roma, with vital goals in the Champions League against Chelsea (two), Manchester United, and Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Irish Independent

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