England vs Bulgaria
European Qualifiers Group A
5:00pm Saturday 7th September
Harry Kane scored a hat-trick as England claimed their perfect start to Euro 2020 qualification in Wembley using a 4-0 victory over Bulgaria.
The England captain broke the deadlock midway through the first halfof slotting home from six yards after Raheem Sterling penalized Bulgaria’s insistence.
After a subdued first-half display, England hit stride in the next period. Kane dropped his tally from the penalty spot inside four minutes of the restart, and after Marcus Rashford was introduced at the box, and then returned the favour Sterling, squaring the ball to the Manchester City forward to add England’s third on 55 minutes.
Kane dusted himself down and finished his first hat-trick with another penalty that restored Gareth Southgate’s side to the top of Group A.
Bulgaria appeared to closed up shop and setup at a 5-4-1, and them broke down, though they didn’t have the first half chance of the match as Jordan Pickford refused Marcelinho effort.
Attempting to play out in a triangle with his defenders from a goal kick, Plamen Iliev’s loose pass dropped straight to Sterling, who got to the byline and turned back the ball to slot home from six metres for Kane.
Bulgaria continued to escape regardless of the purpose, and it came after a nice opportunity for a leveller, though it finally turned on after the rest. Pickford saved well the half volley in a angle of Wanderson after playing with a nice one-two, and minutes after England had daylight.
Up the other end, Nikolay Bodurov left a leg on Rashford, who revealed fine agility to turn into the box, allowing Kane to score.
Kane turned provider for Sterling, squaring from the left for the City man to tuck home under the crossbar for his seventh .
With England controlling the match, Southgate introduced fresh blood. Mason Mount came on with 25 minutes remaining, although Alex made his first England appearance.
Kane then completed his hat-trick, winning a punishment because of sub Kristian Dimitrov’s cluttered foul in the box, and locating the best left corner with strike from 12 metres.
Iliev from close range denyed rashford a goal, as England retained ideal, and it ended 4-0. Southgate, choosing a XI, acquired a professional operation.
Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount made his debut at Wembley, coming on with 25 minutes to go, and admits he was so excited it’s all a blur to him now…
“It’s a fantasy to create your England introduction, you wait for a long time for this instant. You dream about this happening, it’s a chance that it happens, but it is obviously a joyful moment for my loved ones and me personally. It happened so quickly, it’s just like a blur!
“I was not overly nervous. I was more excited to put on the pitch. I loved every second of it. I’ve loved every moment, although it’s been a crazy few months, it’s happened so quickly to this instant. I’m enjoying learning every day, learning much from your seniors.”
England currently face Kosovo in St Mary’s at Southampton on Tuesday evening at 7.45pm Group A, while Bulgaria perform the Republic of Ireland in the Exact Same time at a friendly.