Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic says taking on England about more than football… it’s his country’s ‘prestige’

By Alex Lanigan

Manchester City’s Stevan Jovetic is relishing the prospect of taking on England in a crucial World Cup Qualifier tonight.

The Montenegro striker has struggled for fitness at the start of his Etihad career but is expected to be fit for the must-win showdown at Wembley.

City’s summer signing has expressed his excitement ahead of the game saying that playing against England is always a big occasion.

“I am very excited by the game,” he said.

“It is always a very big occasion when you play England.

“For us it is even more important this time because we have two games left in the group and if we get good results, we can qualify for the World Cup finals for the first time.”

England have faced Montenegro three times since the nation gained independence in 2006 and all the games have resulted in a stalemate.

Jovetic expects a difficult game tonight but believes that the squad will give everything to achieve their qualification dream.

“For us it means everything to get to the finals of the World Cup or the European Championships because we are such a small country,” he said.

“It is important not just for football reasons but also for the prestige of the country.

“We have seen neighbouring countries liker Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia reach the finals in the past and now we want to get there.”

The striker has also backed under-fire shot-stopper Joe Hart claiming the England man is one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

“We have spoken a lot about the game and he said ‘good luck’ when we left the stadium on Saturday but I’m not sure he really meant it!

“For me he is one of the top three goalkeepers in the world. As I say, I expect a very difficult but I believe we can win.”

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