England produced a dominant performance to beat Bulgaria 4-0 in the Euro 2020 qualifiers at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, September 7th. A hat-trick from England captain Harry Kane as well as a goal from Raheem Sterling gave the Three Lions the victory to keep their 100% record in the European Championship qualifiers.
England started forcefully, almost taking the lead from Jordan Henderson's volley early on before Kane had a goal rightfully ruled out for offside in the 19th minute. After a period of pressure, England finally went ahead in fortunate circumstances.
Bulgaria's goalkeeper Plamen Iliev's pass out from the back went straight to Sterling who squared the ball for Kane to slot into the net in the 24th minute. The hosts managed to double their advantage from the penalty spot early in the second half.
Marcus Rashford was brought down by Nikolay Bodurov, and Kane stepped to send the goalkeeper the wrong way, make the score 2-0.
Minutes later, England were three up. A counter-attack led to Kane squaring the ball for Sterling, who flicked it into the roof net with his thigh from close range.
In the 71st minute, the home side were given another penalty as Kane was fouled in the box by Kristian Dimitrov. The Tottenham striker smashed the spot-kick into the top corner to complete his hat-trick.
After the game, AFP reported that the England captain, who has scored his last eight penalties for his country, was asked about his impressive record. "Just practice," Kane responded. "It could be 10, 15 (a day), it depends on how I'm feeling on the day. We've got such explosive players we are going to get penalties, and it's important the people on the pitch can put them away."
England will next play Kosovo on Tuesday, September 10th.