England 4-0 Bulgaria

Match Report

Skipper Harry Kane scored a hat-trick as England comfortably swept aside Bulgaria 4-0 in their European Championship qualifier at Wembley.

Gareth Southgate opted to hand a start to Michael Keane in the centre of defence, alongside Harry Maguire, with Kieran Trippier slotting in at right-back and Marcus Rashford joining Kane and Raheem Sterling in the front three.

The first save of the game came from Jordan Pickford as he safely fielded a tame left-footed effort from Wanderson, although it was the hosts who were enjoying the majority of the possession.

Fifteen minutes in Jordan Henderson lashed a volley high and wide from 20 yards out and four minutes later Harry Kane had the ball in the net, only for the offside flag to cut short the celebrations.

Twenty-four minutes in, England hit the front as Bulgaria tried to play a short goal-kick, which was picked off by Sterling, who set up Kane for an easy tap-in from just outside the six-yard box.

A poor touch from Sterling saw him pass up a decent opening as the hosts looked for a second goal, while Kane drew a save from keeper Plamen Iliev shortly before half-time.

Early in the second half Pickford had to stand strong to block a Wanderson drive from a tight angle on the left side of the area.

However, within a minute England had a penalty as Rashford was brought down by Nikolay Bodurov and Kane smacked home the resulting spot-kick to double the lead.

Ten minutes into the second half the game was wrapped up at 3-0 as Rashford drove forward and fed Kane, whose cutback allowed Sterling to bundle the ball home from close range.

Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount came on to make his senior international debut with just under 25 minutes to play and shortly afterwards Jadon Sancho was sent on in place of Sterling.

Almost immediately Kane won the second penalty of the game as he crumpled under the challenge of Kristian Dimitrov, with the England skipper picking himself up to crash home the spot-kick and complete both his hat-trick and the scoring in the game.

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