More from Keano: "What will define Roy Hodgson or any other England manager is how they do in the big games and so far they have come up short every single time, whether it was in the Euros or these qualifiers." 

It's difficult to argue with any of that and this result leaves England second in Group H, two points behind Montenegro. It's a far from disastrous result, but the manner of England's second-half capitulation, not to mention their utter failure to cope with Montenegro's tactical changes, will be a source of grave concern to their fans.

Daniel Taylor has already file his report from Podgorica and you can read his observations here. He'll file a rewrite complete with quotes in an hour or so, opnce Roy Hodgson has been grilled by an England press pack that will be far from satisfied with tonight's performance. That's all from me, thanks for your time and your emails.

In the ITV studio: "I'd love to know what happened at half-time," says analyst Roy Keane. "I can't believe how bad England were in the second half." 

It's not that difficult to see what happened. Montengro manager made a shrewd tactical switch which nullified the contribution going forward of England's full-backs and clearly instructed his central midfielders to give Tom Cleverley and Michael Carrick far less time on the ball. Under extreme pressure, they went from retaining the ball and pinging it around under pressure to being completely overrun. That was a shocking second half performance from England.

Peep! Peep! Peeeeeeeeeep! It's all over and England emerge from a contest they completely bossed for 45 minutes with just a point. This was the definitive game of two halves; the Montenegro team that emerged after the break were unrecognisable from the rabble that let England dominate them in the opening 45 minutes and did more than enough to overturn England's one-goal advantage ... apart from, em, scoring a second goal.

90+3 min: That's a great effort from Gerrard, who sends his effort arrowing towards the top left-hand corner. Bozovic manages to palm the ball out from a corner, which Montenegro defend uncertainly.

90+2 min: Miodrag Dzudovic gets booked for a nasty challenge on Danny Welbeck, earning England a free-kick about 25 yards out, well left of centre. Steven Gerrard stands over the ball ...

90 min: Ashley Young crosses from the left, the ubiquitous Marko Basa heads clear. He's been nothing short of immense in the heart of the Montenegro defence tonight.

89 min: England begin to dominate, going all out to win all three points. After a slick passing move around the edge of the opposition penalty area, the ball drops for Steven Gerrard, who hits the sweet spot but volleys straight at Mladen Bozovic in the Montenegro goal.

88 min: Wayne Rooney picks out Ashley Young in acres of space on the left flank, but the winger cuts inside and runs into an immovable three-man wall of Montenegrin resistance.

86 min: Joe Hart is forced to tip the ball over his own crossbar after a Vucinec shot takes a bizarre deflection off Steven Gerrard, loops up in the air and threatens to drop into the goal. Hart probably would have been OK leaving the ball drop into the roof of the net, but it would have been a brave call. Nothing comes from the ensuing corner.

84 min: Apologies, my eyes were deceiving me - Jovetic might have fallen on the edge of the penalty area, but the free-kick is awarded several yards further back. England build a four-man wall, but Jovetic sends the free-kick high and wide.

82 min: Carrick is penalised for a foul on Jovetic on the edge of the England penalty area, well left of centre. Free-kick for Montenegro in a very dangerous position. There's a break in play as Marko Basa requires treatment.

81 min: Vucinic and Jovetic link up well inside the England penalty area, with the latter eventually trying to tee up the former, only for Lescott to read his intention and cut out the danger with a good interception. 

80 min: It's difficult to imagine Roy Hodgson not coming in for criticism should they fail to win tonight. With his opposite number having deployed Danjanovic and Jovetic to the right and left flanks respectively to prevent Glen Johnson and Ashley Cole getting forward to make hay as they had in the first half, hodgson seemed to have no answer to Montenegro's ensuing dominance. This contest could still go either way, but the impetus is very much with Montenegro.

79 min: Corner for England, which Ashley Young takes. Zverotic clears, but only as far as Young, who advances on goal and tries a shot. Montenegro block and clear.

England substitution: Ashley Young on, Tom Cleverley off. Montenegro substitution: Poleksic on (apologies, I didn't catch the name of the player he replaced).

GOAL! Montenegro 1-1 England (Damjanovic 76) Well, that's been a long time coming. From the corner, Damjanovic heads the ball goalwards. His effort is blocked and in the ensuing goalmouth scramble, the substitute prods home from about three yards.

74 min: Joe Hart dives to his right and claws a beautifully struck Stevan Jovetic shot out for a corner. The ball's sent in to the mixer, somebody in a red shirt gets a head to it and hits the post. The ball ricochets back into play and England are forced to concede another corner.

71 min: With England having just gone close, Montenegro attack on the break again. Mirko Vucinic tries a shot from distance and sends the ball fizzing wide of the right upright, when perhaps the better optino was to tee up Danjanovic who was unmarked and making an excellent run into the penalty area, where he would have had Joe Hart at his mercy. England have gone from being in total control of this match to playing real backs against the wall stuff. The main thing keeping them ahead is Montenegrin profligacy in front of goal.

69 min: With Vladimir Bozovic on the overlap, Vladimir Volkov makes a pig's ear of his pass up the left flank. James Milner shepherds the ball out of play.

66 min: Montenegro win a corner, which Hart punches clear and Cleverley helps on its way out of the England penalty area. Booking I haven't got around to telling you about yet: Vladimir Volkov for a studs up lunge into the shin of James Milner that I thought could well have earned the Monetenegro midfielder a red card.

64 min: Krkotic is immediately involved, as part of a three-man Montenegro breakaway bearing down on two England defenders courtesy of a counter-attack. Their efforts come to naught as a result of indecision, despite Tom Cleverley failing to intervene when given the chance.

62 min: England win a throw-in deep in Montenegro territory after Vukcevic makes a good interception by Vukcevic on Rooney. It's the midfielder's last contribution of the game - he makes way for the debutant Milos Krkotic. 

60 min: Joleon Lescott can only half-clear with a defensive header and the ball drops kindly for Vucinic about 12 yards out, standing right of centre. Instead of smashing it goalwards, he tries to steer his side-footed volley just inside the right upright, but his effort is wayward and wide.

58 min: Having presumed a loose ball was going out for a throw-in, Joleon Lescott gives up the chase and allows Mirko Vucinic to gallop forward and prevent it from going out of play. With his team-mates charging forward, his pull-back from the bye-line is poor - too far ahead of one and too far behind another. A great chance squandered. 

57 min: Montenegro are knocking on the door here. Continuing to keep England under sustained pressure, the ball is crossed from the left to Jovetic, who takes a wild swing at it from about eight yards and scuffs the ball a couple of yards wide.

55 min: Simon Vukcevic sends the ball into the penalty area, but England clear.

54 min: Montenegro, who are transformed, continue to press and probe, but can find no way through England's defence. They do, however, win a corner, from which Marko Basa gets a free header on goal. The ball deflects out for another corner off an England shirt.

51 min: Montenegro are pressing a lot harder in this half than they did in the first, giving England's midfielders far less time on the ball. The results are unsurprising - England are giving it away a lot more frequently. 

50 min: England alleviate the pressure by winning a throw-in halfway inside the Montenegro half, but immediately cede possession back to their hosts. They win the ball back and win a corner, which Steven Gerrard takes. Montenegro goalkeeper Mladen Bozovic claims comfortably.

48 min: Montenegro have come roaring out of the traps in this second half and are all over England early doors. They go damn close when the ball's stood up for Stefan Jovetic at the far post and the Fiorentina striker beats Joleon Lescott and heads the ball downwards and into the side netting.

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47 min: "Interesting to note that over 90% of england's starting line-up ply their trade in the north-west," writes Nigel Pickard. I suppose it is on first glance, until you realise that the Premier League champions, the champions elect and Liverpool all ply their trade in the north-west.

Second half is go: Montenegro kick off, having made one change at half-time: FC Seoul's Dejan Damjanovic is on for the midfielder Mitar Novakovic. Interesting fact: he's the top scoring foreigner in South Korean top flight history.

A man in a sombrero writes: "This Montenegro v England is a nice warm up game for the big one here in Mexico this evening when Mexico take on Gringolandia on the home turf of the Estadio Azteca filled to its capacity of 104,000," writes Don Stu. "There will be no love lost for the gringos here where they usually lose and blame the altitude. Viva Chicharito, Viva Mexico!"

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An email from Gary Naylor ...

"Is that the sweet, sweet sound of a foreign crowd whistling England because we're keeping the ball?" he asks. "Forty years of watching football and I think that's the first time."

It may well have been, Gary. England have been great in possession tonight, linking up well, passing deftly around a slightly boggy pitch and - yes - as crazy as it sounds, keeping the ball.

Half-time: England's players march in for their half-time brew a goal to the good. It's a lead they thoroughly deserve, having been vastly superior to hosts who got off to a very nervy start.

44 min: England win a free kick about 30 yards from goal, directly in front of goal. Steven Gerrard has a shot and his effort is deflected out for a corner. Gerrard takes the corner, ignoring the balls of paper with which he's being pelted from behind. Putting plenty of pace on the ball, he sends it towards Chris Smalling, but Vladimir Bozovic leaps higher than the England centre-half and clears.

42 min: Danny Welbeck gets booked for diving in the penalty area. On first viewing in real time, I had no idea whether he dived or not. Having seen it twice in slo-mo I'm still not sure - he went down very theatrically, quite some time after Stefan Savic may or may not have given him a shove in the back. It's very difficult to tell.

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41 min: Wayne Rooney squares the ball across the edge of the penalty area for Steven Gerrard to run on to. The England skipper mistimes his run and fluffs his effort.

37 min: Another corner for Montenegro, which Vucinic sends curling into the mixer. Joe Hart comes out to claim the ball and sets up a counter-attack with an inch-perfect punt down the field to Wayne Rooney.

36 min: Tom Cleverley runs down the inside left, playing a one-two with Danny Welbeck. He tries to square the ball across the face of goal for Wayne Rooney to prod home, but the cross is cut out by Baso.

33 min: Montenegro ping the ball around the edge of the final third, trying to find an opening, but to no avail. Elsad Zverotic tries his luck from about 25 yards, but his effort is blocked by Joleon Lescott.

32 min: With a third of the match gone, England are a goal to the good and look to be in control of this match. While it's tempting to presume another goal would help them kill the game off, they've been two up against this opposition in the past, only to let the mysterious Montenegrins come back and steal a point. 

29 min: Rooney plays the ball wide to James Milner on the right touchline and the midfielder's attempted cross back into the centre is blocked by Marko Basa. The Lille centre-forward is forced into action again immediately, blocking Steven Gerrard's attempt to send the breaking ball goalwards.

26 min: Rooney beats the offside trap, bursting forward to attempt to get on the end of a ball in from - I think - Milner towards the left upright. There's too much welly on it and it beats England's goalscorer into touch.

23 min: From the left-hand side of the penalty area, Wayne Rooney stands the ball up for Danny Welbeck, who had made a run to the far post. The cross is a mite too high for Welbeck and sails over his head, allowing Montenegro to clear.

22 min: "If Dominic Fifield is the harbinger of the forthcoming nuclear apocalpyse, could you ask him when it's due to take place?" asks Phil Sawyer. "Only I'd quite like to know whether to bother paying this month's credit card bill or not."

18 min: Montenegro try to advance into the England penalty area but get no further than its edge. The ball's eventually crossed in from the right and Joleon Lescott steers the ball out for a corner, which Vucinec sends long and high past the far post. Marko Basa puts the ball out for a goal-kick to England.

15 min: With Glen Johsnon dragging a couple of defenders out of position with a good decoy run, James Milner shoots low, hard and diagonally in a bid to find the bottom left-hand corner. His cross-hairs need to be realigned - his effort skids well wide.

14 min: Mirko Vucinic, who appears to be playing in midfield rather than up front, controls a pass on his chest and tries to muscle his way past Tom Cleverley. The Manchester United midfielder is having none of it and wins possession.

13 min: Montenegro are finally showing signs of having settled, in so much as they've got out of their own half and England haven't scored, hit the woodwork or brought a save out of Bozovic in the past four or five minutes.

12 min: "As a regular watcher of Italian football, where the two Montenegren front players ply their trade, has some advantages," writes Harry Zing. "Amidst all the exaggerated arm waving, match fixing and half time pizzas (probably) are 18 very average sides and 2 top teams. Fortunately neither Jovetic nor Vucinic are any better than average footballers who could maybe do a job with the likes of Wigan, disrespect intended. The media are seeking excuses for our doom already. If either scores tonight I'll eat my hat. By the way, Cyberdyne manufactured Skynet who in turn manufactured their 'foot soldiers' for judgement day. Are you implying Dominic Fifield is going to be responsible for a future nuclear holocaust?"

As nice a bloke as he is, I would not put anything past Dominic Fifield. If anything, he's suspiciously mild-mannered and peace-loving.

9 min: After nine minutes, it's all England - Montenegro have struggled to get out of their own half. James Milner gallops through midfield and attempts to pick out Danny Welbeck, but his attempted pass is blocked by Stefan Savic, who clears.

GOAL! Montenegro 0-1 England (Rooney 6) They don't come much easier than that. From the corner, Steven Gerrard sends the ball fizzing across the edge of the six-yard box, where the unmarked Wayne Rooney rises high to direct a bullet header past Bozovic from seven yards out.

5 min: Glen Johnson tries his luck with a shot from distance, casually letting fly with his left foot and forcing Bozovic to tip over and concede a corner.

2 min: Oh my word, that's a great effort from Rooney, who gallops unopposed down the right flank, cuts inside and spots Bozovic, who had slipped, off his line and attempts an audacious chip from the edge of the penalty area. His effort is almost perfect, floating over the goalkeeper's ahead, dropping against the upright and rebounding into the penalty area. So close.

1 min: There's a brief lull in play as the Montenegro goalkeeper Mladen Bozovic waits to take a goal kick as a steward clears a toilet roll that's been thrown into his penalty area from behind the goal.

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And we're off: England kick off playing from right to left, the players wearing white shirts, white shorts and white socks. Monetenegro's wear red shirts, shorts and socks with yellow trim. Prediction time: I'm going for a fairly comfortable England win: 3-1.

The anthems are played ...

England's is first, followed by the Monetegran one, which I don't mind admitting sounds a bit scary. Have a listen here ...

Not long now ...

England's players have been lined up the tunnel for several minutes, where they are finally joined by their opponents. Both sets of players file out on to the pitch with Montenegro's wearing yellow tracksuit tops over their shirts and England's wearing white over theirs.

An email from Paul Griffin ...

"I hope you are tuned in to Five Live," he says. "If not, you have missed Alan Green's thoughts on Montenegrin independence. Am I alone in thinking that the Yugoslav tragedy of the 1990s might have been averted, had Alan been on hand to host a Balkan phone in?"

England manager Roy Hodgson speaks ...

On his decision to pick Michael Carrick and James Milner: "There's no more thinking behind it other than the fact that I think they're very good players and they'll help us to win the game," he says. "There's nothing sinister behind my thinking ... there's quite a few players I could have picked but they're the ones I've gone for."

Those line-ups in full

Montenegro: Mladen Bozovic, Basa, Savic, Volkov, Djudovic,
Zverotic, Vukcevic, Vladimir Bozovic, Novakovic, Jovetic,
Vucinic.

Subs: Blazic, Jovanovic, Kecojevic, Delibasic, Beqiraj, Damjanovic, Igumanovic, Kasalica, Krkotic, Poleksic.

England: Hart, Johnson, Smalling, Lescott, Cole, Gerrard, Carrick, Milner, Cleverley, Welbeck, Rooney.

Subs: Foster, Walker, Baines, Caulker, Lampard, Parker, Osman,
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Young, Defoe, Sturridge, Forster.

Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)

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An email from John W

"This will be a game of contrasting styles," he writes. "Montenegro's pass-and-move versus England's lack of it. Soggy pitch, crafty Europeans. It has the whiff of nightmare about it."

This from Paul Hayward, formerly of this parish

Montenegro team to face England ...

Bozovic; Savic, Dzudovic, Basa, Bozovic; Vukcevic, Zverotic, Novakovic, Volkov; Jovetic, Vucinic. Full line-ups and sub benches to follow.

England band update ...

With 40 minutes to go until kick-off ...

The Montenegro fans behind one goal are apparently keeping warm by fighting among themselves. "It's kicking off properly behind the goal now," tweets Oliver Holt from the Mirror. "Supporters of rival clubs, presumably. No sign of police breaking it up."

Shrewd tactical prophecy ahoy!

Meanwhile back in Dublin ...

Team news from the wires

England head coach Roy Hodgson makes six changes for the World Cup qualifier with current group leaders Montenegro in Podgorica this evening.
Skipper Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Ashley Cole, Michael Carrick, James Milner and Danny Welbeck all return to the starting line-up after being rested for the 8-0 demolition of San Marino. They replace Kyle Walker, Leighton Baines, Frank Lampard, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ashley Young and Jermain Defoe. Montenegro are without suspended midfielder Milorad Pekovic after his red card against Moldova.

The FA show they have their finger on the national pulse

They've intervened specially to ensure that infuriating brass band that follow England around were allowed to bring their instruments into the stadium at Podgorica tonight, presumably after their eminently more sensible Montenegrin counterparts had originally told them to leave them outside. Thanks for that, FA. Thanks.

England team to play Montenegro

Hart, Johnson, Smalling, Lescott, Cole, Gerrard, Carrick, Milner, Cleverley, Welbeck, Rooney. Full line-ups and subs benches to follow shortly.

This from reader "Ayejay" on a Guardian comments section

"Good god the guardian is broadcasting France v Spain of course," he writes. "For the more cultural football follower. Watch it tonight live from 8pm with a box of Yalumba Bush Vine Grenache. Five best new Ukranian indie bands 2013 is showing at half-time."

So, there you have it. You provide your readers with free live coverage of one of the most high profile football match being played in Europe, if not the world, this week and by way of thanks one of them dives into the comments section of the expertly written free preview of the same game to have a laboured, unfunny sneer. That's open journalism, that is.

Want to see a photo of Morrissey looking genuinely pleased?

And Robbie Keane looking slightly scared? Of course you do. This, courtesy of Emmet Malone from The Irish Times, who's at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin for Ireland's win over Austria. 

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Good evening all

Welcome to our minute-by-minute coverage of the latest Most Important Match of Roy Hodgson's tenure as England manager. Since taking over, his record in competitive matches reads DWWD*WDWDW, that small but significant asterisk denoting the side's only competitive defeat under his stewardship, a wearily inevitable quarter-final exit on penalties at the hands of Italy at Euro 2012. Ignoring the shoot-out and results against the cannon fodder of Moldova, and San Marino, England's competitive record under Hodgson is decent, but nothing special. Six matches, comprising victories over Sweden and Ukraine, with draws against France, Italy, Poland and Ukraine, in which England have scored seven goals and conceded five.

Applying the same criteria to Montenegro, the bare stats suggest England have little to fear tonight. Branislav Brnovic's side have triumphed in just one of their previous six matches against half-decent opposition, beating Ukraine, drawing against Poland and tonight's opponents England and losing against Switzerland once and the Czech Republic twice, with five in the Goals For column and nine in the Goals Against.

For all that, Montenegro sit proudly atop Group H with a two-point cushion and victory tonight would leave them in the box seat as far as automatic qualification is concerned. While far from Must Win, if England are to entertain realistic hopes of automatic qualification for Brazil 2014, tonight's encounter is Must Not Lose.

Much has been written in the build-up to tonight's match and plenty of it has appeared on the Guardian website. Skynet manufactured humanoid copy-producing cyborg Dominic Fifield has produced most of it, taking time out to chronicle the blah and counter-blah of the England and Montenegro press conferences to answer readers' questions during this afternoon's webchat in Podgorica. Not to be outdone, Jonathan Wilson, a recent winner of Italy's Sports Book of the Year Award for his book Inverting The Pyramid, has chiselled out 847 words of pristine prose detailing what England can expect in the way of Montenegro tactics tonight. Once you've read his musings, feel free to embark on a virtual trolley dash at his Amazon page or sign up to receive future or past issues of his magazine The Blizzard.