Dry your eyes, mate... there's always Russia 2018! Montenegro keeper spotted close to tears as World Cup dreams are dashed

By John Drayton

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Montenegro goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic was pictured on the verge of tears at Wembley on Friday night after failing to stop Branko Boskovic scoring a comical own goal during England's 4-1 win.

The result leaves Roy Hodgson's side in pole position to qualify for next summer's World Cup but all but ends Montenegro's hopes of a trip to Brazil.

The eastern Europeans must now beat Moldova on Tuesday, hope Ukraine lose to minnows San Marino and engineer a 13-goal swing between themselves and the Ukrainians to grab Group H's play-off spot.

Dry your eyes: Montengero keeper Vukasin Poleksic looks close to tears after conceding an own goal by Branko Boskovic

Dry your eyes: Montengero keeper Vukasin Poleksic looks close to tears after conceding an own goal by Branko Boskovic

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Down and out: Poleksic appears distraught just seconds after the ball gets past him

Down and out: Poleksic appears distraught just seconds after the ball gets past him

Comfortable: Polekic is left floored as England striker Daniel Sturridge wheels away to celebrate

Comfortable: Polekic is left floored as England striker Daniel Sturridge wheels away to celebrate

Poleksic clearly felt his country's dreams were dead and buried when he conceded his team-mate's unfortunate prod at goal in the 62nd minute.

The Debrecen keeper looked distraught after letting the ball pass him, giving England a 2-0 lead after Wayne Rooney's opener just three minutes into the second half.

Dejan Damjanovic pulled one back for the visitors on 71 minutes to set up a nervous last 20 minutes for a packed Wembley, but debutant Andros Townsend soon calmed things down with a fine strike from outside the area.

In form Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge then netted an injury-time penalty to make it 4-1, compounding Poleksic's misery in the process.

Sealed with a kiss: Manchester City forward Stevan Jovetic gets affectionate with Boskovic after his own goal

Sealed with a kiss: Manchester City forward Stevan Jovetic gets affectionate with Boskovic after his own goal

Unstoppable: Wayne Rooney jumps for joy as the ball nestles in the back of the net

Unstoppable: Wayne Rooney jumps for joy as the ball nestles in the back of the net

Poleksic was a controversial selection in the Montenegro side, having served a two-year ban over his role in a plot to fix a Champions League game involving Liverpool.

The 31-year-old failed to report a phone call he received from a criminal gang offering him money to help affect the result of a game between Debrecen and the Merseyside club.

The stopper, who almost joined Harry Redknapp's Portsmouth in 2007, played against England after regular No 1 Mladen Bozovic picked up an injury.

 

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At last a professional footballer that cares. Be nice to see some of that in an England shirt

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If you're not abusing our players, your mocking others you wrongfully see as inferior. You "journalists" are nothing but unprofessional nasty pieces of work. I still remember how disgusting you were about San Marino when we played them.

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Lets not take the mickey out of anyone until next Tuesday, We haven't qualified yet!!

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What a disgrace. English press arrogant as always. This is why no one likes you!!!

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I am for the real disappointed with some journalists from England! This story is written by stup** man without feelings. I am from Montenegro and wish to say to everyone that our country team represent LOVE -we will always support them -winners or losers- and truly you can not say losers because we played without Bozovic,Dzudovic and Vucinic and etc. Honestly result is 3-1.With all our best players you can never beat us...If I have right on Wembley was 90000 people 1/7 population of Montenegro -you make me lol when you compare our and your team...Compare salaries of our and your players and compare LOVE ...Greetings from Montenegro for all good people from UK. Journalists - down

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thumbs down for the headline!!!!!!! atleast it meant something to him

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Disgusting headline and just hoping that that we are not counting our chickens before they are hatched.Dis

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Disgusting article, an arrogant example of the poor standards of English jurnos, and typical London press, precisely the reason why so many love to see England fail. Awful article, full of spite and cruelty.

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This is a real harsh article. The guy saw his dream or hope of world cup go down the drain as the second goal was closed. He could feel it that his team could not win and eventually even getting into the worldcup is almost impossible. Real sad when you see such pictures. Hopes being broken. Such pictures / feelings are not to be made fun of. You were already poor in journalism DM, this has gone down to an even lower level.

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as the irish,welsh and mainly the scots have said....they have no problem with the england team...its the arrogant media that they have the problem with.......shocking headline.....won 6 games on our own park in '66 and we think we're a football superpower.

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