England vs Bulgaria
European Qualifiers Group A
5:00pm Saturday 7th September
Harry Kane scored a hat-trick since England maintained their perfect start at Wembley with a 4-0 victory over Bulgaria to Euro 2020 eligibility.
The England captain broke the deadlock midway through the first halfan from six metres following Raheem Sterling penalized Bulgaria’s insistence to play with out from the trunk slotting home.
Following a first-half screen that was dim, England hit stride. Kane doubled his tally in the penalty spot in just four minutes of the restart, then after Marcus Rashford was introduced into the box, then returned the favour to Sterling, squaring the ball for the Manchester City forward to include England’s third on 55 minutes.
Kane completed his hat-trick with another emphatic penalty that restored Gareth Southgate’s side and dusted himself down after being flashed into floor in the region about 73 minutes
Bulgaria appeared to shut up shop and set up at a 5-4-1, and them finally broke down, though they didn’t have the very first half chance of the game as Jordan Pickford refused Marcelinho’s deflected effort.
Attempting to play out in a goal kick, Plamen Iliev pass fell straight to Sterling, who got to the byline and turned the ball back to Kane to slot home from six yards.
Bulgaria continued to retreat despite the goal, and though it finally turned on after the rest, it arrived after a opportunity to get a leveller. After playing a nice one-two, Wanderson’s half volley from an angle was saved well by Pickford, and moments later England’d daylight.
Up the other end, Nikolay Bodurov abandoned a leg on Rashford, who showed agility that was good to turn into the box, allowing Kane to score in the second of England or her the spot because of his.
Kane turned provider for Sterling, squaring from the left to the City guy to tuck home in as many games for England.
With the game being controlled by England, Southgate introduced blood. Mason Mount came on remaining, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also left his first England appearance.
Kane then finished his hat-trick, winning a penalty thanks to sub Kristian Dimitrov’s cluttered in the box, and locating the left corner with fine strike from 12 metres.
Iliev from close variety denyed rashford a goal, as England kept perfect and it stopped 4-0. Southgate, choosing a XI, acquired a functionality in return.
Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount made his debut at Wembley, coming with 25 minutes ahead, and admits he was excited it is all a blur now…
“it is a dream to create your England debut, you wait a long time for this second. You dream of this happening, it is a slim chance it occurs, but it is obviously a proud moment for my family and me. It happened so fast, it is like a blur!
“I wasn’t that nervous. I was more excited to get on the pitch. I adored every minute of it. It has been a few months, it has happened to this instant, but I have loved every second. I am enjoying learning daily, learning so much from your seniors.”
England currently face Kosovo in St Mary’s at Southampton on Tuesday evening at 7.45pm in Group A, while Bulgaria perform the Republic of Ireland at the Exact Same time in a friendly.