Southgate looking for clean sweep from Three Lions


Gareth Southgate has reportedly urged his England side to win all of their Euro 2020 qualification Group A matches to boost their ranking.

The Three Lions have won their opening two matches – against the Czech Republic and Montenegro – scoring 10 goals and conceding just one.

They took a break from qualifying in the summer for the Nations League finals, but go up against Bulgaria at Wembley on Saturday before hosting Kosovo at Southampton’s St Mary’s on Tuesday.

October sees England travel to face the Czechs in Prague and then move on to Sofia for the return game against Bulgaria.

The Group A fixtures conclude in mid-November with a Wembley date against Montenegro and a trip to Kosovo.

All the games look winnable and Southgate is looking for a maximum return of points after it emerged UEFA altered the seeding system for the finals and results in qualifying will now decide the top-ranked nations.

If England do win all eight remaining matches and finish with a 100 per cent record it could guarantee they play all three group matches at Wembley in the tournament.

Southgate has kept his squad guessing who will line up against Bulgaria on Saturday, although Aaron Wan-Bissaka will miss out on a debut because of injury.

Uncapped trio Tyrone Mings, James Maddison and Mason Mount will all be hopeful of earning their debuts in the game.

Punters can use their free bet to back the Three Lions to make it three wins from as many games in Group A at the weekend.