England vs Bulgaria
European Qualifiers Group A
5:00pm Saturday 7th September
Harry Kane scored a hat-trick as England maintained their perfect start using a 4-0 victory over Bulgaria to Euro 2020 eligibility in Wembley.
The deadlock broke midway through the first halfof slotting home from six yards after Bulgaria’s insistence to play with out from the trunk was penalized with Raheem Sterling.
England reach stride in the next phase. Kane dropped his tally from the penalty spot within four minutes of the restart, even after Marcus Rashford was introduced into the box, and then returned the favour Sterling, squaring the ball for the Manchester City ahead to include England’s next on 55 seconds.
Kane dusted himself down and finished his first hat-trick with another penalty that restored Gareth Southgate’s side towards the top of Group A.
Bulgaria setup at a 5-4-1 and seemed to closed up shop, and though they didn’t have the half possibility of the game as Marcelinho attempt was refused by Jordan Pickford, them eventually broke down.
Attempting to play out in a triangle with his defenders from a goal kick, Plamen Iliev’s loose pass dropped to Sterling, who flipped the ball back to slot home from six yards and got to the byline.
Bulgaria continued to retreat regardless of the goal, and though England turned it on after the break, it came after a opportunity. After playing a nice one-two, Wanderson’s half volley in an angle was saved by Pickford, and England had daylight.
Up the other end, Nikolay Bodurov abandoned a leg on Rashford, who showed agility that was good to turn in the box, allowing Kane from the spot because of his or her England’s second to score.
Provider then turned for Sterling, squaring to tuck home in as many matches for England.
With the match being controlled by England, blood was introduced by Southgate. Although Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also made his first England appearance in 18 months, mason Mount came on with 25 minutes remaining.
Kane then finished his hat-trick, finding the top left corner with strike from 12 metres, and winning a punishment because of sub Kristian Dimitrov’s sloppy in the box.
Rashford was denied a deserved goal late on by Iliev from close range, and it stopped 4-0 as England kept ideal. Southgate, picking at a XI, got a professional functionality in return.
Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount made his debut at Wembley, arriving on with 25 minutes ahead, and admits he was so excited it is all a blur to him now…
“it is a fantasy to create your England debut, you wait for a long time for this minute. You dream about this happening, it is a slim possibility that it occurs, but it is definitely such a proud moment for my loved ones and me personally. It happened so fast, it’s just like a blur!
“I wasn’t that nervous. I was excited to have on the pitch. I loved every minute of it. It’s been a couple of months, it has happened for this instant, but I’ve loved every moment. I am enjoying learning daily, learning so much in the seniors.”
England now face Kosovo in St Mary’s in Southampton on Tuesday evening at 7.45pm Group A, while Bulgaria perform with the Republic of Ireland in the same time at a friendly.
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