England will be looking to bounce back to winning ways against Bulgaria as they recently got outdone by the Czech Republic.
The three lions were on the receiving end of 2-1 defeat in spite an early goal by Harry Kane.
Having said that England will look for nothing else but a win in the upcoming game as they look to distance themselves from the Czech Republic who are on level terms in the points table with Southgate’s men.
Date- Tuesday, October 15
Kick-off-12:15 AM (IST)
Venue- Stadion Vasil Levski
Bulgaria Team News
Krasimir Balakov has no injury concerns or suspensions in his squad and will look to play his strongest eleven.
In terms of the standings of Group A, Bulgaria seem very much out from the qualification race with just three points in six games. Balakov’s side is yet to register a win as they’ve drawn three and lost three so far. The three draws include two with Montenegro and one with Kosovo.
England Team News
Danny Rose will be unavailable due to a one-game suspension which gives way for Ben Chilwell at the left-back position for Gareth Southgate.
Apart from Rose being out of contention, England will have options due to no fresh injury updates. Gareth Southgate might opt for a back three against Bulgaria and can give opportunities to Joe Gomez and Ross Barkley in the teamsheet.
Bulgaria- Iliev; Pashov, Dimitrov, Zanev, Nedyalkov; Popov, Ivanov, Malinov, Marcelinho, Wanderson; Kreaev
England- Pickford; Trippier, Maguire, Gomez, Chilwell; Henderson, Barkley, Mount; Sterling, Kane, Sancho
In the last five meetings between the two sides, it’s England who has the upper hand with three wins. Two games have ended in a draw, while Bulgaria has had nothing to offer.
Though Raheem Sterling didn’t get his name on the scoresheet, the attacker looked menacing on the front foot against the Czech Republic. Sterling is expected to cause some problems to Bulgaria’s defence and might even end up scoring a few goals. The Manchester City star man has scored six goals in five qualifier games for England.
For Bulgaria, Ivelin Popov can prove to be the difference in attack. The 32-year-old has scored 16 goals for his nation, which is also the most than his current teammates combined.
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