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Wednesday, 27 March 1996
A Green Flag International Friendly Match

England 1 Bulgaria 0 [1-0]


Match Summary
England Squad
Bulgaria Squad

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 29,708;
Kick-off: 8.00pm BST
Live on Sky Sports (UK) -
Commentator: Martin Tyler

England - Les Ferdinand (6)
Results 1995-2000

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Match Summary

Officials from Austria

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Referee (-) - Gunter Benko
40 (12 July 1955), Oberwart, Burgenland, FIFA listed x.

Linesmen - x.

Reserve Official - x.
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England Team



FIFA (21 February 1996) 27th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 12th to 11th
Colours: The 1996 Umbro away uniform - Two tone indigo striped v-neck collared jersey with white/red trim and indigo collar/cuffs, two tone indigo shorts with white/red trim, indigo socks with navy tops and two white hoops.
Capt: Stuart Pearce, ninth captaincy Head coach: Terence Frederick Venables, 53 (6 January 1943), appointed 28 January 1994,
16th match, W 7 - D 8 - L 1 - F 21 - A 10, incl. one abandoned.
England Lineup
1 Seaman, David     G     GA
2 Neville, Gary            
3 Pearce, Stuart            
4 Ince, Paul            
5 Southgate, Gareth            
6 Howey, Stephen            
7 McManaman, Stephen            
8 Gascoigne, Paul            
9 Ferdinand, Leslie            
10 Sheringham, Edward            
11 Stone, Stephen         4 1
England Substitutes

unused substitutes:

12-Mark Wright, 13-Ian Walker, 14-Rob Lee, 15-David Platt, 16-Robbie Fowler.
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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


Bulgaria Team



FIFA (21 Feb 1996) =17th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 20th
Colours: Made by Puma - White v-necked jerseys with green collar/cuffs and red Puma logo cascading down sleeves, pink sleeve trim and red piping, green shadowed pinstriped shorts with white wide side panel and green trim, red socks. with white trim.
Capt: Borislov Mikhailov Manager: Dimitar Dushkov Penev, 50 (12 July 1945)
Bulgaria Lineup
1 Mihaylov, Borislav B., off 46th min. 33 12 February 1963 G Reading FC, England   GA
2 Kremenliev, Emil G., off 85th min. 26 13 August 1969 RB PFC Levski Sofia    
3 Ivanov, Trifon M. 30 27 July 1965 CD SK Rapid Wien, Austria    
4 Ginchev, Gosho, off 46th min. 26 2 December 1969 D Denizkispor K    
5 Hubchev, Peter K. 32 26 February 1964 D Hamburger SV eV, Germany    
6 Yankov, Zlatko G. 29 7 June 1966 DM KFC Uerdingen 05 eV, Germany    
7 Kostadinov, Emil L. 28 12 August 1967 F FC Bayern Munchen eV, Germany    
8 Kiriakov, Ilian I. 28 4 August 1967 LB Anorthosis Famagusta FC, Cyprus    
9 Penev, Lyuboslav M., off 85th min. 29 31 August 1966 CF Club Atletico de Madrid SAD, Spain    
10 Letchkov, Yordan 28 9 July 1967 M Hamburger SV eV, Germany    
11 Yordanov, Ivaylo S., off 46th min. 27 22 April 1968 F Sporting Clube de Portugal, Portugal
Bulgaria Substitutes
12 Popov, Dimitar, on 46th min. for Mikhailov 26 27 February 1970 G PFC CSKA Sofia    
15 Genchev, Boncho L., on 46th min. for Ginchev 31 7 July 1964 AM Luton Town AFC, England    
16 Borimirov Borisov, Daniel, on 46th min. for Yordanov 26 15 Januuary 1970 M TSV Munchen von 1860, Germany    
13 Kishishev, Radostin P., on 85th min. for Kremenliev 21 30 July 1974 RB PFC Neftochimic Burgas    
14 Sirakov, Nasko P., on 85th min. for Penev 33 26 April 1962 F PFC Slavia Sofia    

unused substitutes:

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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

Les Ferdinand announced his return to the England attack with an early goal as Bulgaria were pushed back under a storm of attacks. There was a swagger about England, and they should have been at least three goals clear by half-time. Then, as if wanting to prove that football really is a game of two halves, they lost their drive and direction in the second-half and allowed the Bulgarians back into the game. In the last minute, a groan went round Wembley when Bulgaria forced the ball into the net but as their players celebrated what they thought was an equalizer the referee was explaining that he had spotted a handball and disallowed the goal. 'The football we played in the first forty-five minutes is the sort of standard we must set ourselves for the European championships,' said Terry Venables, who preferred not to talk about the second-half.

Source Notes

Original newspaper reports
Official teamsheet
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Norman Giller
, Football Author