England vs Bulgaria
European Qualifiers Group A
5:00pm Saturday 7th September
Harry Kane scored a hat-trick since England maintained their perfect start in Wembley using a victory over Bulgaria to Euro 2020 eligibility.
The deadlock broke midway through the first half, slotting home.
In the second period, England hit stride Following a first-half screen that was subdued. Kane doubled his tally from the penalty spot in just four minutes of the restart, even following Marcus Rashford was brought down in the box, and then returned the favour to Sterling, squaring the ball for the Manchester City forward to add England’s next on 55 seconds.
Kane dusted himself down and completed his hat-trick with another punishment that revived Gareth Southgate’s side to the top of Group A.
Bulgaria set up in a 5-4-1 and appeared to closed up shop, and though they did have the first half chance of this game as Jordan Pickford denied Marcelinho attempt, England broke them down to 24 minutes.
Trying to play out in a triangle along with his defenders in a goal kick, Plamen Iliev pass fell to Sterling, who got to the byline and turned back the ball to slot home from six yards to Kane.
Bulgaria continued to escape regardless of the aim, and it came after a fine opportunity for a leveller though it turned on after the rest. After enjoying with a, Pickford saved well Wanderson’s half volley from a angle, and England had daylight.
Up the other end, Nikolay Bodurov left a leg on Rashford, who revealed agility that was good to turn into the box, allowing Kane in the spot because of his and the second of England to score.
Provider turned for Sterling, squaring to tuck home under the crossbar for his seventh in as many games for England.
Fresh blood was introduced by Southgate with the match being controlled by England. Although Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also left his first England appearance in 18 months mason Mount came on remaining.
Kane then finished his hat-trick, finding the left corner with fine strike from 12 metres, also winning a penalty because of sub Kristian Dimitrov’s sloppy in the box.
Iliev from close variety denyed rashford a deserved goal, as England retained perfect, and it ended 4-0. Southgate, choosing a XI, acquired a performance.
Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount made his debut at Wembley, coming on with 25 minutes ahead, also admits he was excited it is all a blur now…
“It’s a fantasy to create your England debut, you wait quite a while for this particular second. You dream of this happening, it is a probability it occurs, but it is obviously a proud moment for me personally and my loved ones. It happened so quickly, it is just like a blur !
“I wasn’t that nervous. I was more excited to have on the pitch. I loved every second of it. It has been a couple of months, it’s happened so fast to this moment, but I’ve loved every moment. I am enjoying learning every day, learning so much from the seniors.”
England currently face Kosovo at St Mary’s in Southampton on Tuesday evening at 7.45pm Group A, while Bulgaria play the Republic of Ireland at the Exact Same time in a friendly.
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