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999 vs. Bulgaria
  Saturday, 7 September 2019
European Championship 2020 Group A qualification match


England 4 Bulgaria 0 [1-0]
 

The National Stadium connected by EE, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Kick-off (BST): 5.00pm
Attendance: 82,605

Ross Barkley kicked off 92½ minutes 45:17 & 48:32 Match Summary
England Squad
Bulgaria Squad
[1-0] Harry Kane 24 23:01
 7-yard tap in after Sterling capitilsed on a poor Iliev pass
 
[2-0] Harry Kane penalty 49 48:51
 powerful penalty to keepers right
(Rashford fouled 47:54; awarded 47:56).
[3-0] Raheem Sterling 55 54:43
 
off his thigh from 2 yards from Kane layoff
[4-0] Harry Kane penalty 73 72:17 HAT-TRICK
 powerful penalty to keeper's left
(Kane fouled 71:28; awarded 71:29).
 
Michael Keane 30 29:47
Nikolay Bodurov 36 35:39
Danny Rose 90+2 91:57  
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley with Glenn Hoddle
 

Match Summary

Officials from Italy

England

Type

Bulgaria
Referee (sky blue) - Marco Guida
 38 (7 June 1981), Pompei, FIFA-listed 2014.

 
Assistant Referees - Matteo Passeri and Giorgio Peretti.
Fourth official - Michael Fabbri
, 35 (8 December 1983) Ravenne
16 Goal Attempts 4
6 Attempts on Target 4
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
6 Corner Kicks Won 3
4 Offside Calls Against 1
12 Fouls Conceded 7
65% Possession 35%

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (25th July 2019) 4th
EFO ranking Group One (2nd)
ELO rating 9th
Colours: The Nike 2018 home shirt - White v-necked jerseys with red trim on collar, blue shorts, white socks.
Capt: Harry Kane
(19th captaincy, 18)
Harry Maguire 77th min.
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 49 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
36th match, W 20 - D 9 - L 7 - F 64 - A 28.
England Lineup
1 Pickford, Jordan L. 25
184 dys
7 March 1994 G Everton FC 20 18 GA
the 185th player to reach this milestone
2 Trippier, Kieran J.. 28
353 dys
19 September 1990 RB Club Atlético de Madrid, Spain 17 1
first player from Atlético to represent England
3 Rose, Daniel L. 29
67 dys
2 July 1990 LB Tottenham Hotspur FC 28 0
Rose cautioned in the 92nd min. for Unsporting Behaviour, after he tackled and brought down Nedyalkov next to the centre-circle.
4 Rice, Declan 20
236 dys
14 January 1999 CM West Ham United FC 4 0
5 Keane, Michael V. 26
239 dys
11 January 1993 CD Everton FC 8 1
Keane cautioned in the 30th min. for Unsporting Behaviour, after he was late in a tackle with Marcelinho in the centre-circle
6 Maguire, J. Harry 26
186 dys
5 March 1993 CD Manchester United FC 21 1
the 67th player from United to represent England
7 Sterling, Raheem S., off 71st min. 24
273 dys
8 December 1994
in Kingston, Jamaica
RF Manchester City FC 52 9
8 Henderson, Jordan B., off 67th min. 29
82 dys
17 June 1990 RM Liverpool FC 52 1
9
Kane, Harry E., off 77th min. 26
41 dys

28 July 1993

CF

Tottenham Hotspur FC 40 25
8 1
England's 89 & 90th successful penalty.
Kane's 2nd hattrick, England's 87th (50th postwar).
the 86th player to reach this milestone
10 Barkley, Ross 25
276 dys
5 December 1993 LM Chelsea FC 30 4
the 121st player to reach this milestone
11 Rashford, Marcus 21
311 dys
31 October 1997 LF Manchester United FC 33 7 (1)
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 3 Bulgaria 0
1243 18 Mount, Mason T., on 67th min. (66:10) for Henderson 20
240 dys
10 January 1999 RM Chelsea FC 1 0
the 48th player from Chelsea to represent England
21 Sancho, Jadon M., on 71st min. (70:48) for Sterling 19
166 dys
25 March 2000 LF BSV Borussia 09 eV Dortmund, Germany 7 3 0
4
scoreline: England 4 Bulgaria 0
19 Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexander M.D., on 77th min. (76:19) for Kane 26
23 dys
15 August 1993 RF Liverpool FC 33 20 6
13
result: England 4 Bulgaria 0

unused substitutes:

12-Trent Alexander-Arnold, 13-Tom Heaton, 14-Ben Chilwell, 15-Joe Gomez, 16-Tyrone Mings, 17-Harry Winks, 20-James Maddison, 22-Nick Pope, 23-Callum Wilson.

team notes:

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's father, Mark Chamberlain, also played for England (1982-84).

records:

England have now gone 42 qualification matches (WC & EC) unbeaten (W33 D9).
Manager Gareth Southgate first England start came against Bulgaria in March 1996. He also started against them twice in the 1998-99 European Championship qualifying campaign.
 
4-3-3 Pickford -
Trippier, Keane, Maguire, Rose -
Henderson
(Mount), Rice, Barkley -
Sterling
(Sancho), Kane (Oxlade-Chamberlain), Rashford

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25 years 338 days Appearances/Goals 28.0 4.0
oldest starting XI in 2019-20 most experienced starting XI in 2019-20
 

Bulgaria Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (25th July 2019) 60th
EFO ranking
n/a
ELO rating
63rd to 65th
Colours: Made by Joma - Red collared jerseys with green/white trim on collar/cuffs, white shorts, red socks.
Capt: Ivelin Popov Manager: Krasimir Genchev Balakov, 53 (29 March 1966), appointed 14 May 2019.
third match, W 0 - D 0 - L 3 - F 3 - A 9
Bulgaria Lineup
23 Iliev, Plamen I. 27
281 dys
30 November 1991 G PFC Ludogorets 1945 Razgrad 14 0
2 Popov, Strahil V. 29
7 dys
31 August 1990 RB Kasımpaşa SK, Turkey 27 0
5 Bodurov, Nikolay G, off 65th min. 33
100 dys
30 May 1986 CD PFC Central Sports Club of the Army 50 2
Bodurov cautioned in the 36th min. for Unsporting Behaviour after he pulled back Marcus Rashford as England were on the attack
15 Bozhikov, Vasil G. 31
97 dys
2 June 1988 CD Šk Slovan Bratislava, Slovakia 24 1
14 Nedyalkov, Anton M. 26
130 dys
30 April 1993 LB PFC Ludogorets 1945 Razgrad 12 0
8 Sarmov, Georgi Z. 34 7 September 1985 DM Chemnitzer Fc eV, Germany 14 0
18 Ivanov, Galin S., off 82nd min. 31
145 dys
15 April 1988 RM PFC Slavia Sofia 7 1
10 Popov, Ivelin I. 31
316 dys
26 October 1987 RAM FC Rostov, Russia 85 15
16 Malinov, Kristiyan A. 25
161 dys
30 March 1994 LAM PFC Central Sports Club of the Army 6 0
9 Farias, Wanderson C. 31
248 dys
2 January 1988
in Cruzeiro do Oeste, Brazil
LM PFC Ludogorets 1945 Razgrad 1 0
7 Marcelinho, off 67th min. 35
14 dys
24 August 1984
in Manaacapuru, Brazil
CF PFC Ludogorets 1945 Razgrad 8 2
Bulgaria Substitutes
scoreline: England 3 Bulgaria 0
3 Dimitrov, Kristian T., on 65th min. (64:06) for Bodurov 22
192 dys
27 February 1997 CD PFC Botev Plovdiv 3 1
11 Despodov, Kiril V., on 67th min. (66:32) for Marcelinho 22
300 dys
11 November 1986 CF SK Sturm Graz, Austria 8 1
scoreline: England 4 Bulgaria 0
19 Mladenov, Daniel V. on 82nd min. (81:55) for Ivanov 32
105 dys
25 May 1987 F SFC Etar Veliko Tarnovo 1 0
result: England 4 Bulgaria 0

unused substitutes:

1-Hristo Ivanov, 4-Georgi Pashov, 6-Simeon Slavchev, 12-Bozhidor Kraev, 13-Martin Lukov, 17-Georgi Milanov, 20-Ivan Goranov, 21-Georgi Terziev, 22-Nikolay Dimitrov

records:

Bulgaria haven't won an away match in qualifying for the World Cup or the European Championship since June 2015 against Malta, drawing two and losing eight since then.
 
5(4-1)-4-1 Iliev -
S.Popov, Bodurov (Dimitrov), Bozhikov, Nedyalkov -
Sarmov -

G.Ivanov (Mladenov), I.Popov, Malinov, Wanderson -
Marcelinho
(Despodov).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 30 years 238 days Appearances/Goals 22.5 1.9
oldest opposition XI in 2019-20 most experienced opposition XI in 2019-20

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

England’s first match of the new football season proved to be a pretty easy exercise as they swept aside a poor challenge from Bulgaria.  The visitors had little to offer in attack and came to try and keep England at bay more than anything else.  Once England scored though, there was only going to be one outcome, it wasn’t a perfect performance by England, but they did enough to keep their 100% record in this competition intact.

England were a little sloppy to begin with, not moving the ball quickly enough and going from side to side and backwards a bit too often for the fans liking.  They had most of the possession throughout, although early on, the best two goal attempts fell to Bulgaria.  Neither troubled Jordan Pickford though and as the game continued England gradually gained control.  Raheem Sterling broke down the right and centred for Harry Kane to score, although unfortunately he had just strayed offside.  The breakthrough everyone expected finally came in the 35th minute, as a direct result of a terrible blunder in the visiting defence.  Goalkeeper Plamen Iliev took a short goal-kick, received it back and then tried to play it square to his left-back.  It was poorly directed and Sterling, closing down, quickly won the ball and pulled it back from the bye-line.  Kane was there and the ball nestled in the net for one of the easiest goals the England captain is likely to score, and this time it counted.

In the remaining ten minutes of the half, it was all England, although there was still an element of sloppiness and lack of urgency in their demeanour.  Towards the very end of the half, a much more concerted passage of play saw the Bulgarian defence under extreme pressure.  Kieran Trippier fired in one lovely cross, which Kane met, not so much with a header, but more of a shoulder.  It was a good chance missed and if Kane had made any sort of decent contact with his head it surely would have been goal number two.  Jordan Henderson hit a spectacular volley from Declan Rice’s cross, what a goal that would have been had it hit the target, alas, it was a long way off-target!  Ross Barkley then had another half-chance but the defender blocked his effort well.  So, it was just the one goal at the interval and manager Gareth Southgate would almost certainly have a few words with his players to sharpen up everything they were doing.

The second-half began with England being exposed down the left-hand side.  The 48th minute saw Wanderson play a great one-two which left him coming in at an angle but clear on goal.  Pickford stood his ground really well though and managed to turn his shot away for a corner.  It was a warning for England, but they came back immediately with the perfect response.  Marcus Rashford gained possession in his own half and ran hard and fast at the visiting defence.  As he checked back in the penalty area, he completely fooled Nikolay Bodurov and the defender caught him as he fell, giving away a penalty.  Kane stepped up to take the kick and hit the perfect penalty wide of the keeper.

That goal settled the result and for a while England were rampant.  Rice was making some lovely interceptions in midfield and had a good second-half.  The visiting defence had no answer to the pace and power of the England forwards, especially Sterling, who was very lively.  It is superb to see the player showing all his Manchester City form at this higher level, his confidence has grown beyond belief over the past two years.  In the 55th minute Sterling scored the goal his good play thoroughly deserved.

Rashford and Henderson had just previously almost created an opening, but when Rashford then robbed a defender of the ball to play Kane in on the left, the skipper returned the earlier compliment to play the ball across goal for Sterling to bundle it in from very close range.  Sterling had done well to get behind a defender and the goal was well worked and a good one.

It was all England now, and it was a question of how many they might score.  In this competition so far England had hit five goals in each of their previous games and when Rashford’s cross almost found Kane again, the striker was only thwarted by an excellent clearance by a defender.  Henderson was taken off to be replaced by a new cap, the success of the Premier season so far, Mason Mount.  He was immediately into the game and fired well over the top with his first effort.  Sterling was also replaced, to a standing ovation, with Jaydon Sancho coming on in his place.  It was a good time for Southgate to use these youngsters.

England were not finished and in the 72nd minute they gained another penalty.  Kane bustled his way through challenges but just as he went to pull the trigger, Kristian Dimitrov just caught Kane’s foot to bring him down.  Kane was not going to let this opportunity for a hat-trick escape him and once again he demonstrated the art of taking a perfect spot-kick, sending Iliev the wrong way.

Trippier, Pickford and Harry Maguire almost contrived to give Bulgaria a way back into the match by making a hash of a clearance.  It gave Bulgaria a free-kick and Ivelin Popov’s kick had to be dealt with by Pickford, who made a good tip-over save.  The goalkeeper hadn’t had much to do, but when called upon he looked very sharp.

Could England keep the run going with another fifth goal?  Well, no sadly, but they did come close, first when Danny Rose burst through to see his effort blocked, and then Rashford, with a glorious one-two, almost scored the goal of the game, only for Iliev to make a fine save.

And that was that, a good performance, but not a great one by England, but how can you grumble when you win 4-0.  All the players had their moments with Kane, Sterling, Rashford and Rice the pick of the side.  The visit of Kosovo, up next, will probably provide a much sterner test, but England can go into the game with plenty of confidence.
      

Source Notes

TheFA.com
BBC Sport
UEFA.com
 
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor
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