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By Shamoon Hafez

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  1. What does a future England player look like?

    Montenegro v England (19:45 GMT)

    Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi

    Before he left the Football Association in January, former technical director Dan Ashworth said no association had a better set of results across all its male and female teams over the past two years.

    The big prizes for the senior teams eluded England, but reaching the last four of the World Cup and women's European Championship were backed up by World Cup wins for the Under-17s and Under-20s in 2017.

    That has given Ashworth, now at Brighton, the "belief" that England can end their major trophy drought at senior level.

    And the fact that two members of the Under-17 triumph - Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi - played their part in England's 5-0 win over the Czech Republic on Friday, shows the system is working.

    But what gains need to be made to make that final step and what does a future England player look like?

    Read the full piece

  2. Podgorica atmosphere ramping up

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    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer in Podgorica

    The music ia getting louder. A few popular anthems are being belted out. A drummer behind the goal is getting into action and the Montenegro banners are draped over the stands at both ends of the stadium.

    Montenegro and England players are going through their warm-ups as we approach kick-off.

  3. 'Looking back on when we first met'

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    Such a likeable chap and he loves it as England boss...

    Gareth Southgate
  4. Dangerman

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    Stefan Mugosa

    Stefan Mugosa has scored four goals in his past four internationals for Montenegro.

    The 27-year-old striker plays for Incheon United in the South Korean league.

    Great tash.

  5. 'You can get your chance'

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    Danny Mills

    Former England defender on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Callum Hudson-Odoi is training with world-class players at Chelsea and clearly Gareth Southgate and the team, with Steve Holland, have good links with Chelsea.

    They have seen him progress throughout the ranks and Gareth has shown if you do well at under-19s or under-21s you can get your chance.

    He was bright, fresh and ran at people (against the Czech Republic).

    Declan Rice could eclipse Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson in that position. He is young and energetic and has had a fabulous season so far with West Ham.

    I love his energy, he has a defensive head on him, can get into the box and Dier and Henderson can slow the game down a bit.

  6. Working with England's strikers' coach

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    England strikers' coach Allan Russell (aka Superior Striker) puts BBC Sport's Karl Braidwood through his paces, showcasing some of the drills he uses to improve the skills of Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford.

    Watch below.

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    Video caption: England strikers' coach Allan Russell shows how he improves Harry Kane & Marcus Rashford
  7. Why the changes?

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    John Murray

    BBC football correspondent in Podgorica

    Jordan Henderson will have to wait to win his 50th cap. There continued to be a concern about whether he was fit enough to last the whole match. So Declan Rice is given a full England debut.

    Danny Rose makes his first appearance since September for England. Ben Chilwell has started the past five at left-back, but Rose has impressed in training this week.

    And Callum Hudson-Odoi will become the second-youngest man to start a competitive match for England (Wayne Rooney’s the youngest). It’s felt he is just a little fresher than Jadon Sancho, who’s had a big month with club and country.

  8. Post update

    Raheem Sterling, undroppable for club and country.

  9. 'Sterling is a future captain'

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    Raheem Sterling

    Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick in the 5-0 win over the Czechs on Friday and Gareth Southgate later revealed the 24-year-old had been added to a strong 'leadership group' within the England squad, set up by the manager before the World Cup last summer.

    "When we started working with the team, I felt there was a lot of burden on one captain and you need other people to take the lead in different moments," Southgate told BBC Radio 5 Live.

    "Raheem's development as a person over the last year or so made him an absolute ideal person to come into that group. He is behind Jordan Henderson as our most capped player, so it's a no brainer really to involve him.

    "Anyone in that leadership group would be in there because we view whether they could captain the team. In our recent fixtures the rest of that group have all done it. So he immediately becomes a candidate in that group."

  10. Enjoying playing away

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    England v Ukraine

    England have not lost any of their past 21 away competitive matches (W14 D7) since a 1-0 defeat in a 2010 World Cup qualifier against Ukraine in October 2009.

    Emile Heskey was up front in that game, being replaced by Carlton Cole in the second half. Gabby Agbonlahor was on the bench.

  11. 'An experience you would not forget'

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    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Darren Bent scored in England's 2-2 draw with Montenegro in Podgorica in 2011 - a result that qualified the Three Lions for Euro 2012 - and spoke to BBC Radio 5 Live about the experience.

    “It was a tough place to go and play - an experience you would not forget," said Bent. "When we turned up at the stadium it looked like half of it was falling down and the changing rooms were run down – completely different to what you expect international football to be.

    "We got off to a good start and were 2-0 up, Wayne Rooney got sent off and it was pretty hostile and the fans get behind the team - they were really hostile and it was a small, intimidating place.

    "It will not be like anything the (young) players have experienced but this England team is playing with no fear and it will not faze them. We have players playing in the Champions League and those big games are paying dividends and the players will believe they're the better side and do a demolition job.

    "The squad is ruthless. Once upon a time this would have been daunting but not now."

    Darren Bent
    Image caption: Darren Bent scored England's second goal to put them 2-0 up against Montenegro in 2011, before the hosts netted twice in a 2-2 draw
  12. Tune in

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    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Commentators John Murray and Ian Dennis are alongside former England international Chris Waddle

    You can listen to build-up followed by full commentary of the match now on BBC Radio 5 Live and at the top of this page.

    Commentators John Murray and Ian Dennis are alongside former England international Chris Waddle.

    Tune in.

  13. Turkey on top

    Senol Gunes

    Everton striker Cenk Tosun scored twice as Turkey hammered Moldova 4-0.

    Senol Gunes' side - with his snazzy scarf - go top of Group H which features world champions France.

  14. Montenegro fans in the mood

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    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer in Podgorica

    All quiet inside the stadium but the Montenegro fans are already providing plenty of noise and colour outside this compact, hostile arena in the bars and streets nearby.

    England manager Gareth Southgate as good as his word about refusing to keep the youngsters back as West Ham United's Declan Rice and Chelsea's 18-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi make their first starts.

    This place will be very noise by kick-off time.

  15. Team news

    Montenegro v England (19:45 GMT)

    Gareth Southgate hands a first competitive start to Callum Hudson-Odoi and Declan Rice after they came on as substitutes in the 5-0 win over the Czech Republic on Friday.

    There are two other changes to the side which started that game - Danny Rose replaces Ben Chilwell at left-back, while Ross Barkley comes in for the injured Eric Dier in midfield.

    Jadon Sancho has to settle for a place on the bench and Jordan Henderson could make his 50th appearance - but only as a substitute.

    England XI: Pickford, Walker, Rose, Rice, Keane, Maguire, Sterling, Barkley, Alli, Hudson-Odoi, Kane.

  16. Last time out...

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    Montenegro v England

    England's last trip to the Podgorica City Stadium was on 26 March 2013, a day short of six years ago, in a qualifier for the World Cup.

    It ended 1-1 that night, Wayne Rooney the scorer for the Three Lions.

    Steven Gerrard and Michael Carrick played in midfield that night alongside Tom Cleverley.

  17. Three Lions have arrived

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    Gary Flintoff

    BBC Radio 5 live reporter in Podgorica

    The England players have just arrived and walked onto the pitch. I think they were impressed with the lush green playing surface. There are only a handful of fans inside the ground however, so they won’t get the full effect until nearer kick-off.

  18. England prepared for 'hostile' welcome

    Montenegro v England (19:45 GMT)

    Montenegro v England

    England's young players need to be prepared for a "hostile environment" when they take on Montenegro in their Euro 2020 qualifier in Podgorica on Monday, says manager Gareth Southgate.

    When England played in the city in 2013, players were verbally abused and targeted with missiles.

    "That is the sort of challenge our players have faced many times before," Southgate said.

    "I know the passion the supporters have for their country and of course that gives a huge lift to their own team," Southgate added. "We have to make sure our discipline is right and we focus on what we can affect.

    "We are guests here, so we will be very respectful about how we speak about the opposition. Our players have to be prepared for hostile environments, whether it is in England for their clubs or travelling around the world."

  19. Post update

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    There is no Manchester United player in two consecutive competitive England games for the first time in 29 years.

  20. BreakingRice and Hudson-Odoi start

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    West Ham's Declan Rice and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi get their first England starts.

    Full team news to follow.

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