15 October 2019 10:45
After tipping winners in Scotland and Wales' games yesterday, attention turns to England's trip to face Bulgaria in Sofia. 3 Gareth Southgate watched England lose their first qualifier for 10 years on Friday night Credit: AP:Associated Press With England struggling in attack against the Czechs, the door could open for Chelsea's Tammy Abraham to properly announce himself on the international stage. England will hope to get their Euro 2020 qualification campaign back on track when they take on Bulgaria in Sofia. England XI: Pickford; Trippier, Mings, Maguire, Chilwell; Henderson, Winks, Barkley; Sterling, Kane, Rashford. Bulgaria 0 - 4 England 51 mins: Despodov goes on a good run from midfield but the ball is taken off him from his own player, Kraev whose shot goes well wide.
England attack on the counter, Kane feeds the ball into the box and Rashford tips it towards goal, Illiev blocks the ball and Sterling puts the rebound wide of goal. Bulgaria 0 - 4 England 48 mins: Popov gets the ball up high and tussles with Mings who gives away a free kick. England send the free kick forward and Henderson plays the ball into the box for Kane. On the pitch, England have banished the demons of Friday night and have taken a four goal advantage in the first half. The first is to tell the referee, who informs the players and other officials and has a public announcement played to ask for it to stop.
Advertisement Bulgaria 0 - 3 England 45 mins: There are a lot of boos and jeering from the crowd as the process goes on. Bulgaria 0 - 3 England 42 mins: There are still murmurings about the racist abuse going on between the managers and the fourth officials. Bulgaria 0 - 3 England 39 mins: A period of possession for Bulgaria is tied down on the right wing as Chilwell defends well to stop the cross coming into the box. Bulgaria 0 - 3 England 36 mins: It's easy going for England in attack, especially when they're patient and pick out the killer passes that were lacking on Friday night against the Czech Republic. He passes it to Harry Kane who puts the ball on to his left foot and sends a cross into the middle of the box. Bulgaria 0 - 2 England 30 mins: The game gets back underway with Rashford winning a free kick off Teriziev who clips him as he clears the ball away. England lose possession and Pashov whips a cross into the box but Pickford is there to claim the ball. Bulgaria 0 - 2 England 27 mins: Barkley puts the free kick into the box and it falls to Tyrone Mings, he brings the ball to the left edge of the box and flicks it back into the box but Bulgaria get the ball away. Ivan Bebek calls Harry Kane to him to explain that some abuse is coming from the crowd and he's temporarily halting the game while a public announcement tells the crowd to cease it. England are happy to be patient on the ball and they win a free kick as Sterling is brought down heavily by Zanev. Bulgaria 0 - 2 England - Barkley 20 mins: GOAL! Trippier brings the ball forward on the right hand side, he gives it to Sterling who holds it up before passing to Kane and running into the box. Kane takes one touch to dink the ball back to Sterling who runs at goal and squares it to Barkley who taps it into an open net. Bulgaria 0 - 1 England 19 mins: Sterling does well to hold up the ball and lay it off for Henderson to cross into the box. The cross is a good one, tantalising as it comes into the six yard box and Rashford almost gets on the end of it but the ball goes past his outstretched foot. Bulgaria 0 - 1 England 18 mins: The first corner of the game goes to England. Popov puts the cross into England's box and Bulgaria win a corner of their own. Bulgaria 0 - 1 England 15 mins: Kosovo have taken an early lead against Montenegro in the other Group A match being played tonight. Rashford tracks back well to win back the ball in midfield for England. England moved a step closer to qualification for Euro 2020 with a 6-0 win against Bulgaria but the game was overshadowed by incidents of racism. England could have qualified with a win on Monday if Kosovo failed to beat Montenegro in the other Group A game.