World Cup 2010
Match Reports

Bulgaria 0 England 3
2012 European Championship Qualifier - Group G
Vasil Levski, Sofia, Bulgaria - Friday 2 September 2011

Starting a new season, England secured another three points in their quest to qualify for next summer's European Championships. Frank Lampard was omitted from the starting line-up. Missing from the squad were Steven Gerrard and Jack Wilshere, however Chris Smalling made his England debut in Sofia.

England registered their first goal of the evening in the 13th minute. Gareth Barry spotted Cahill signaling for the ball, the Bolton player chested the ball down and managed to get the ball in the net despite Mihailov charging out of his net. This was Cahill's first international goal in what was his first competitive start for his country.

Just eight minutes later, having scored only one goal in his previous 15 international outings, Wayne Rooney extended England's lead. Stewart Downing took a corner, and the Manchester United striker rose above the other players at the far post to head the ball into Bulgaria's net. That was just the start for Rooney, who in injury time at the end of the first half took the visitors lead to three. Theo Walcott made a great run on the counter attack, passing the ball to Ashley Young, who saw Rooney open on the left. It was with ease that Rooney tapped the ball into an open net, and with it secured full points for England. It was Rooney's eighth occasion at netting a brace for England.

In the second half, Joe Hart thwarted trouble from a Bulgarian corner. Meanwhile, at the other end of the field, Downing's header hit the post, and Parker and Walcott threatened to cause even more problems for Milailov. Additional goals were not on the cards, but England will be happy with a 3-0 win and with it, taking a step closer to going to the Ukraine and Poland next June.


Mihailov #13, Zanev #4, Bodurov #5, Milanov #16, Bandalovski #11 (Sarmov 46 mins - #8), Ivanov #15, Georgiev #7, M Petrov #17, S Petrov #19, Popov #9 (Marquinhos 81 mins - #6), Genkov #20 (Bozhilov 61 mins - #22).
Subs Not Used: V Stoyanov #1, Iliev #3, K Stoyanov #21, Raykov #18.

Hart #1, Smalling #2, Cahill #5, Terry #6 - Captain, A Cole #3, Walcott #7 (A Johnson 83 mins - #17), Parker #4, Barry #8 (Lampard 80 mins - #16), Downing #11, A Young #9 (Milner 62 mins - #15), Rooney #10.
Subs Not Used: Stockdale #12, Jagielka #13, Baines #14, Defoe #18. (Full Squad)

Match Details

England Goals: Cahill (13 mins), Rooney (21 & 45 mins)

Bulgaria Cautions: Sarmov (59 mins), Milanov (84 mins)
England Caution: Parker (35 mins)

Referee: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)

Attendance: 36,521