England vs Bulgaria
European Qualifiers Group A
5:00pm Saturday 7th September
Harry Kane scored a hat-trick since England claimed their perfect start to Euro 2020 eligibility using a 4-0 victory over Bulgaria at Wembley.
The deadlock broke midway through the first half, slotting home from six metres following Raheem Sterling penalized the insistence of Bulgaria.
Following a subdued first-half display, England hit full stride in the second phase. Kane doubled his tally from the penalty spot inside four minutes of the restart, and following Marcus Rashford was introduced in the box, and then returned the favour Sterling, squaring the ball to the Manchester City forward to add England’s next on 55 seconds.
Kane dusted himself down after being flashed into floor in the region about 73 minutes and completed his first hat-trick with another penalty that restored the side of Gareth Southgate to the top of Group A.
Bulgaria setup at a 5-4-1 and seemed to closed up shop, and them broke down to 24 minutes, though they didn’t have the half chance of the game as Jordan Pickford refused Marcelinho effort.
Trying to play out from a goal kick, Plamen Iliev pass dropped to Sterling, who turned the ball back to slot home from six metres and got to the byline.
Bulgaria continued to escape despite the purpose, and it arrived after a nice opportunity, though it finally turned on after the break. After enjoying a, Pickford saved Wanderson’s half volley from an angle, and England had daylight.
Up the other end, Nikolay Bodurov left a leg on Rashford, who revealed agility to turn into the box, allowing Kane to score in the spot for his or her the moment of England.
Provider turned for Sterling, squaring to tuck home in as many games for England.
Together with the game being controlled by England, fresh blood was introduced by Southgate. Mason Mount came on with 25 minutes remaining, while Alex made his first England appearance in 18 weeks.
Kane then completed his hat-trick, winning a punishment because of sub Kristian Dimitrov’s cluttered in the box, and finding the left corner with nice strike from 12 metres.
Iliev from close selection denyed rashford a goal, as England kept perfect and it ended 4-0. Southgate, picking at a reliable XI, got a expert performance in return.
Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount made his debut at Wembley, coming with 25 minutes ahead, and admits he was so excited it’s all a blur to him now…
“It’s a dream to create your England introduction, you wait for quite a while for this second. You dream about this happening, it’s a slim likelihood it occurs, but it is obviously such a proud moment for my loved ones and me personally. It happened so quickly, it is like a blur!
“I wasn’t that nervous. I was excited to get on the pitch. I loved every minute of it. It’s been a few months, it’s happened so quickly for this instant, but I’ve loved every second. I’m enjoying learning every day, learning much from the seniors.”
England now face Kosovo in St Mary’s at Southampton on Tuesday evening at 7.45pm Group A, while Bulgaria perform the Republic of Ireland at the Identical time in a friendly.