• Date: Fri 02 September 2011
  • Kick-off: 19:15
  • Venue: Sofia - Vasil Levski Stadium


Cahill 13"

Rooney 21"

Rooney 46"

3 - 0

England vs Bulgaria

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So England as I see it do a job if in a professional manner in Sofia and if Wales hold on will top the group by points going into the Wales match on Tuesday. We would love to hear your thoughts on the forums of football.co.uk and footymad.net as always. Have a good evening.


Thats it in Sofia! Bulgaria Boo there own team as the ref blows his wistle for full-time. Bulgaria 0-3 England


Two minutes of normal time added as smoke fills the stadium from flares in the stands.


three minutes left for Rooney to get his first international hat-trick


Here comes another change. Adam Johnson replaces Walcott. The Arsenal forward is likely to be a little frustrated. He struggled to get into the game and was then a little wasteful.


Lampard comes on for Barry. The City man did his job and set up Cahill's goal.


Activity now on the England subs bench as England look to park the bus.


Poor finish by Walcott really after being released by Rooney, Walcott punts wayward. Not sure you can blame it on the poor pitch.


Free-kick to England wide on the right. Downing whips in the cross. The ball is just a bit short from Downing and the Bulgarian defenders can head clear.


Barry's cross is in the direction of Rooney. Rooney gets his head on the ball which is just too high and he heads over the bar from six yards.


Bulgaria are chasing shadows in midfield at the moment with the slick and sharp interchange from Parker and Rooney.


Parker is doing a brilliant job in the holding midfield role.


Walcott creates a bit of room inside the Bulgaria box after a pass from the excellent Young. Sarmov is makes a last ditch tackle. Sense of job done from England


England break and Downing at the back post has acres to line up a header. Theo Walcott breaks forward and his deep cross is met by Stewart Downing who sees his looping header graze the post with the keeper beaten.


53 - Fantastic step over from Rooney allows Young room to attack. The winger tries for another low cross, but does not beat the first man this time. Brilliant from Rooney. He is enjoying himself.


Goal!! Rooney gets his second in a fantastic counter-attack!


Lovely pass from Walcott around a corner to Young on the right. From inside the Bulgaria box, Young goes for the accurate low, pass across the face of goal and finds an unmarked Rooney at the back post who taps it in. Must surley be the end for Bulgaria.




Crowd are singing 'God Save the Queen' as second half kicks-off


Bulgaria have brought on Sarmov for Bandalovski.


Walcott caught offside just a minute of added time.


England looking professional and probably happy to control the game and go into half-time with the two goal advantage.


Wales 0-0 Montenegro currently


Petrov hits an optimistic 35 yard shot but Hart has it covered

Yellow card

Scott Parker becomes the first player to be booked by Belgian referee Frank De Bleeckere. He went in with his studs showing, although he did get the ball he can't have compaints.


England pressing well and pushing Bulgaria back


Parker may have looked a little sloppy with the ball, but he is doing brilliantly to break up the play. Bulgaria now looking like they are lacking confidence however.


Rooney Scores! Thundered in - Bulgaria 0-2 England!


Poor defending from Bulgaria. Downing's corner is perfect and, from the edge of the six-yard box, Rooney climbs above a stationary defence to head into Mihaylov's top right-hand corner. Crowd are somewhat quieter now.


Goal!!! Bulgaria 0-1 England


Cahill scores from a corner! Messy but effective. England should start to settle now.


Superb, chipped left-footed pass from Barry just outside the area allows Cahill to control on his chest. It looks like his first touch may have let him down, but he shows strength, speed and bravery to beat the goalkeeper to the ball and poke a bobbling effort into the back of the net. What a moment for Cahill!


Downing strays offside on the edge of the Bulgaria box. England have not really clicked yet. But it is very early stages. They could do with keeping possession for a few passes in midfield.


Downing does well to slide and prevent the ball from crossing the left touchline, but he cannot retain possession.


Not much movement from England at the moment. Bulgaria are very tight on England.


A few shouts for a Bulgaria penalty as that man Georgiev bursts into the box under pressure from Parker. There is nothing in it, he went down very easily.


Stuart Downing's first attempt to run down the left ends abruptly. Bulgaria have started brightly however


We are under way


Fabio Capello is debating whether to plunge his England rookies into the white-hot heat of a Euro 2012 qualification battle in Sofia on Friday. Having brought three members of Manchester United's youthful band of Premier League leaders with him to Bulgaria, Capello must now decide which he will use.


Hello, just under an hour to go before kick off in Sofia of what must be a must win game for England who currently top their group only on goal difference.


England: Hart, Smalling, Cahill, Cole, Terry, Walcott, Parker, Barry, Downing, Young, Rooney. No place for Lampard.


Plenty of chat going on at the football.co.uk and footymad forums as we build up to the game where England must make amends for dropping two points at Wembley against Switzerland. Rooney Hat-Trick anyone?


Capello of course has already stated that he expects a better performance from England playing away, stating that he expects there will be more space. Wales of course, currently rock bottom in Group H kick-off against Montenegro at 7:45 and could do England a big favour if they get anything from that game.


So the big talking points on the footymad and football.co.uk forums is Barry replacing Lampard. Good Idea? Lampard was last excluded from the team in 2007. Smalling playing at RB?


Twenty five minutes to go. Has Capello completely lost the plot or does this represent the start of a new era for England? Get your thoughts up on the forums.


Referee for tonights game is Frank De Bleekere (Belgium)


On the subs bench for England: Stockdale, Jagielka, Baines, Milner, Lampard, Johnson and Defoe.


Bulgaria: Mihailov, Zanev, Bodurov, Milanov, Bandalovski, Ivanov, Georgiev, Martin Petrov, Stiliyan Petrov, Popov, Genkov.


The two teams walk out through the tunnel. england led by Terry.


Well its a dodgy looking pitch but not the lack of attendance expected


Anthems over. Its down to business. Flares are leaving a mist across the field.


Game now under way at the Cardiff City Stadium


David Vaughan has just picked up a yellow card for Wales and that means he will miss Tuesday's game with England.


Good first half performance from England with two goals from Rooney and one from Cahill. Wales are currently holding Montenegro 27 minutes in. Can Rooney get that Hat-Trick? Your thought as always are welcome on the forums.


Wales have scored! Wales 1-0 Montenegro


Wales score again!! Wales 2-0 Montenegro


Eight minutes to go as England see out the game.