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Wembley Stadium

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

kickoff at 20:00

European Championship Qualifier - Group G
Attendance: 73,246



Jermain Defoe (3, 61), Adam Johnson (83), Jermain Defoe (86)

James Milner (90)
Ivelin Popov (62)

  Fabio Capello

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 01  Joe Hart (G)
Cap number 5
Manchester City
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 02  Glen Johnson (D)
Cap number 28
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 03  Ashley Cole (D)
Cap number 84
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 05  Michael Dawson (D)
Cap number 2
Tottenham Hotspur
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 06  Phil Jagielka (D)
Cap number 5
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 04  Steven Gerrard (Capt.) (M)
Cap number 86
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 08  Gareth Barry (M)
Cap number 41
Manchester City
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 11  James Milner (M)
Cap number 13
Manchester City
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 07  Theo Walcott (F)
Cap number 13
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 09  Jermain Defoe (F)
Cap number 44
Tottenham Hotspur
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 10  Wayne Rooney (F)
Cap number 66
Manchester United

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 14  Gary Cahill (D)
Cap number 1
Bolton Wanderers
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 16  Adam Johnson (M)
Cap number 3
Manchester City
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 17  Ashley Young (M)
Cap number 9
Aston Villa
13Nikolay Mihaylov
15Ivan Ivanov
3Ilian Stoyanov
2Stanislav Manolev 65
16Zhivko Milanov
6Stanislav Angelov
19Stiliyan Petrov (Capt.)
8Chavdar Yankov
7Ivelin Popov 62 79
10Valeri Bojinov 63
17Martin Petrov

11Dimitar Rangelov 63
5Veselin Minev 65
12Georgi Peev 79
2010 /11

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UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifying Group G 3 September England 4 – 0 Bulgaria London, England [hide] 20:00 BST (UTC+01) Match 890 Defoe Goal 3', 61', 86' A. Johnson Goal 83' Report Stadium: Wembley Attendance: 73,426 Referee: Viktor Kassai(Hungary) Jermain Defoe struck a hat-trick as England started the road to recovery after the bitter disappointment of World Cup failure with victory against Bulgaria in their opening Euro 2012 qualifier at Wembley. England manager Fabio Capello has been under increasing pressure in the aftermath of the flawed South African campaign - so the emphatic manner and margin of the win will come as a huge relief to the 64-year-old Italian. Defoe established the foundations with an early goal and added a second just after the hour as the home side eventually overran the Bulgarians. Manchester City's Adam Johnson, on as a substitute for Theo Walcott, ended any slim hopes of a Bulgarian revival with England's third and his first for his country before Defoe completed his treble with a powerful drive four minutes from time. England's win may have come at a cost however, with Tottenham defender Michael Dawson stretchered off with what looked like a serious injury after slipping as he made a challenge early in the second half. Defoe also limped off after picking up an injury as he scored his third goal, but Capello expects him to recover in time for Tuesday's game in Switzerland. The home side suffered the occasional anxious moment, but goalkeeper Joe Hart was flawless when called upon as he continued his impressive graduation to the international stage with some crucial saves. And there was another plus as Wayne Rooney was a central figure in England's goals, despite occasionally appearing to be out of favour with the home support. As Capello's men started their rehabilitation after the dismal World Cup exit in the last 16 against Germany in Bloemfontein, a bright start was essential to ease any concerns among the Wembley crowd - and it was duly delivered. Phil McNulty blog England made the perfect start on a road they hope will lead them to Poland and the Ukraine in two years Rooney's wonderful pass played in Ashley Cole, and when he pulled a cross into the six-yard box Defoe volleyed expertly high beyond the reach of Bulgaria keeper Nikolay Mihaylov. Steven Gerrard was relishing his central midfield role, dictating the tempo and showing his full range of passing in an encouraging England opening, but Bulgaria were almost handed a route back into the game from the unlikeliest of sources. Glen Johnson appeared lost in confusion as he attempted to deal with a cross, succeeding only in turning the ball towards his own goal and bringing an instinctive save from the alert Hart. Rooney had occasionally felt the impatience of the 73,246 at Wembley, but he demonstrated his enduring quality with a 20-yard chip four minutes after the interval that forced Mihaylov into a scrambling save to turn his effort over the top. Ivelin Popov then posed a threat for England as he flashed a shot across the face of goal before England were forced into a defensive reshuffle following Dawson's unfortunate departure, with Bolton's Gary Cahill coming on for his international debut. And two decisive moments just after the hour saw the balance of the game swing decisively in England's favour. Hart did well to block a powerful drive from Stanislav Angelov, giving England the opportunity to sweep forward on the counter attack as Gerrard and Rooney combined to set up Defoe for another clinical finish. Hart had distinguished himself as he confirmed his status as Capello's first-choice keeper, and he came to the rescue again with a fine one-handed stop from Dimitar Rangelov just as he seemed poised to pull a goal back for Bulgaria. Walcott had been a peripheral figure, and he was replaced by Johnson as the clock ticked down towards an England victory. Gerrard almost gave the scoreline a more convincing appearance when Mihaylov dived low to save his shot, and then recovered well to claw away with loose ball as Defoe closed in on a hat-trick, but England were not kept at bay for long. Johnson had proved a lively introduction for England and he was on the scoresheet for the first time at full international level with a low drive that left question marks over the positioning of Bulgaria keeper Mihaylov. It was left to Defoe to round off England's triumph as he took advantage of more good work by Rooney to lash a finish past Mihaylov - although he picked up a knock in the process and limped off. Switzerland will provide a sterner test in Basle on Tuesday, but Capello and England will regard this as the perfect tonic after the trauma of South Africa. England: Hart, Glen Johnson, Jagielka, Dawson (Cahill 56), Ashley Cole, Walcott (Adam Johnson 74), Gerrard, Barry, Milner, Defoe (Young 87), Rooney. Subs Not Used: Foster, Gibbs, Carrick, Bent. Goals: Defoe 3, 61, Adam Johnson 83, Defoe 86. Bulgaria: Mihailov, Ivanov, Milanov, Manolev (Minev 66), Iliyan Stoyanov, Yankov, Angelov, Stiliyan Petrov, Martin Petrov, Bojinov (Rangelov 63), Popov (Peev 79). Subs Not Used: Vladislav Stoyanov, Kamburov, Domovchiyski, Genchev. Booked: Popov. Att: 73,246. Ref: Viktor Kassai (Hungary).
robert didd
England Gola Scorers Jamaine Defoe (3) 3,61,86 & Adam Johnson England 1 Joe Hart2 Glen Johnson3 Ashley Cole4 Steven Gerrard(C)5 Michael Dawson 57'6 Phil Jagielka7 Theo Walcott 74'8 Gareth Barry9 Jermain Defoe 3' 61' 86' 87'10 Wayne Rooney11 James Milner 90' Substitutes 12 Ben Foster13 Kieran Gibbs14 Gary Cahill 57'15 Michael Carrick16 Adam Johnson 74' 83'17 Ashley Young 87'18 Darren Bent Bulgaria Nikolay Mihaylov Ivan Ivanov Zhivko Milanov Stanislav Manolev 67' Iliyan Stoyanov Chavdar Yankov Stanislav Angelov Stiliyan Petrov(C) Martin Petrov Ivelin Popov 62' 79' Valeri Bozhinov 63' Substitutes Vladislav Stoyanov Georgi Peev 79' Dimitar Rangelov 63' Martin Kamburov Stanislav Genchev Valeri Domovchiyski Veselin Minev 67' REF Viktor Kassai ATTENDANCE 73246
Andy E
England 4 (1) - 0 (0) Bulgaria Defoe 3 Defoe 61 Johnson 83 Defoe 86

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