Euro 2012 Qualification Review: Group G

Team P W D L F A GD Pt
England 8 5 3 0 17 5 +12 18
Montenegro 8 3 3 2 7 7 0 12
Switzerland 8 3 2 3 12 10 +2 11
Wales 8 3 0 5 6 10 -4 9
Bulgaria 8 1 2 5 3 13 -10 5

Anyone worth their footballing salt would have had Montenegro as dark horses to challenge Switzerland for runners up behind England in Group G, but I don't think anyone expected the ease at which they dealt with claiming a playoff spot - they'd already wrapped up second before losing to Switzerland on the final matchday, and they acquitted themselves very well against the leaders with draws in London and Podgorica.

Elsewhere, England did their usual trick of oscilating between good and disappointing, with the most crucial result for them yet to come - this week will see the length of Wayne Rooney's group stages ban revealed following the Manchester United striker's straight red against Montenegro. Switzerland could have done better but simply couldn't recover after losing two of their last three. Wales and Bulgaria, unsurprisingly, were both bad.

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