Stevan Jovetic is looking forward to one of the biggest games of his career to date as he prepares for Montenegro’s make or break World Cup qualifier against England.
The City striker, whose start to the season has been blighted by a series of niggling injuries is expected to be fit for Friday evening’s game at Wembley but knows his country can’t afford to lose the game.
“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.
I have two dreams – to win the Champions League with City and go to the World Cup in Brazil with Montenegro
“We have played England three times, once at Wembley and twice in Montenegro, and they have all ended in draws. I expect a very difficult game again but I believe in the Montenegro squad and we will give everything to win the game.
“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. It is important not just for football reasons but also for the prestige of the country.
“We have seen neighbouring countries like Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia reach the finals in the past and now we want to get there.”
And has Stevan spoken to Joe Hart about potentially coming face to face at some point during the game? “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!
“It was good for his confidence for him to play well against Everton. For me he is one of top three goalkeepers in the world. As I say, I expect a very difficult but I believe we can win.”