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England in search of third unbeaten qualifying campaign since 2000

| 25.03.2013

With five Group H games remaining for England to secure a place at the World Cup 2014 party in Brazil, the boys in white sit second in the table, having won three and drawn two of their five games in the group to date.

Coral go 6/4 that the English can go through the rest of qualifying unbeaten it’s no forlorn hope with the national side unbeaten in nine competitive outings since Roy Hodgson replaced Fabio Capello.

England have twice posted unbeaten major tournament qualifying campaigns since the turn of the millennium  when qualifying for Euro 2004 and Euro 2012.

Visits to Montenegro on Tuesday, in which they can be backed at 4/5 for victory, and Ukraine against whom they only swerved a Wembley bloody nose thanks to a Frank Lampard penalty at the death look the toughest of their remaining fixtures.

That England currently have the wherewithal to beat anyone at Wembley has been vouched for by friendly victories against Italy and Brazil this season, lending their remaining home games against Moldova, Montenegro  and Poland a winnable feel.

The Three Lions have never failed to vanquish the Moldovans in three past clashes and they’ve won the last seven times Poland have visited these shores.

Montenegro however, have won their last four games and the visit to the Podgorica City Stadium looks the biggest threat to an unbeaten qualifying round for Roy Hodgson’s team.


England know plenty about the Montenegrins having shared the spoils on both occasions when rivals for Euro 2012 qualification

Ukraine have a similarly respectable recent record against the 1966 World Cup winners, taking a draw a win and a loss in their last three meetings.

Coral go 7/2 about England winning all five remaining Group H games, but they’ve gone 26 games since stringing together three successive wins.

To stand a chance of recording a clean sweep of the final five qualifiers they’ll have to pierce a Montenegro defence that’s conceded in just one of it’s last five games and 18/5 with Coral to keep a clean sheet on Tuesday night.