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 with a 4-0 victory over Bulgaria to Euro 2020 qualification.
The deadlock broke midway through the first halfan slotting home from six metres following Raheem Sterling penalized the insistence to play from the trunk of Bulgaria.
After a first-half screen that was subdued, England hit full stride in the next period. Kane doubled his tally in the penalty spot in just four minutes of the restart, then following Marcus Rashford was introduced in the box, and then returned the favour Sterling, squaring the ball to the Manchester City forward to include England’s third on 55 minutes.
Kane finished his hat-trick with another penalty that restored Gareth Southgate’s side to the top of Group A. and dusted himself down after being bundled to floor in the region on 73 minutes
Bulgaria appeared to closed up shop and set up at a 5-4-1, and though they didn’t have the half chance of this match as Jordan Pickford refused Marcelinho’s deflected effort, England eventually broke them down on 24 minutes.
Attempting to play in a triangle with his defenders from a goal kick, Plamen Iliev’s loose pass fell to Sterling, who flipped back the ball to slot home from six metres to Kane and got to the byline.
Bulgaria continued to retreat regardless of the goal, and it came after a fine chance to get a leveller, though it turned on after the rest. After playing a, Wanderson’s half volley in an angle was saved well by Pickford, and moments after England had daylight.
Up the other end, Nikolay Bodurov left a leg Rashford, who showed agility to turn into the box, allowing Kane from the spot for his and the moment of England.
Kane turned provider for Sterling, squaring to tuck home in.
Southgate introduced blood Together with the match being controlled by England. Although Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also left his first England appearance in 18 weeks mason Mount came on with 25 minutes remaining.
Kane then finished his hat-trick, locating the left corner with strike from 12 metres, also winning a penalty thanks to sub Kristian Dimitrov’s cluttered filthy in the box.
Rashford was refused a deserved goal late on by Iliev from close range, and it ended 4-0 as England kept perfect. Southgate, picking at a XI, got a expert operation in return.
Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount made his debut at Wembley, arriving on with 25 minutes ahead, also admits he was excited it’s all a blur now…
“it is a dream to make your England debut, you wait a long time for this particular minute. You dream of this happening, it is a probability it occurs, but it’s definitely a joyful moment for my loved ones and me personally. It happened so quickly, it’s like a blur!
“I wasn’t overly nervous. I was excited to put on the pitch. I adored every minute of it. It has been a couple of months, it’s happened so fast for this instant, but I’ve loved every second. I’m enjoying learning daily, learning much from your seniors.”
England now face Kosovo at St Mary’s at Southampton on Tuesday evening at 7.45pm Group A, while Bulgaria play the Republic of Ireland at the same time in a friendly.
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