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Bulgaria 0-6 England: 3 Things we learned from the match | Euro 2020 Qualifiers

Ajax Chandler
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15 Oct 2019, 07:14 IST

#2 Goals can come from anywhere with this squad, not just from the strikers

Ross Barkley
Ross Barkley's two goals for England helped them settle down early on

With many teams in world football nowadays, there are complaints from fans and pundits alike about managers focusing too much on the strikers' record in front of goal. But football, in terms of tactics, has moved on in recent years to incorporate more players in the attack, and a stunning display of that could be seen in tonight's game against Bulgaria.

Ross Barkley netted twice for the Three Lions despite his role as a central midfielder. You could see that he had been instructed to push forward and exploit the gaps in the Bulgarian defence, and he executed this plan perfectly. While the opposition defenders focused primarily on Harry Kane, players like Barkley and Sterling used the freed up space to apply pressure on their backline to great effect.

Barkley's two goals tonight equal his tally for Chelsea this season; if he can carry his form from tonight over to the Premier League this weekend, the Blues fans would be delighted!

Rashford was a constant threat to Bulgaria
Rashford was a constant threat to Bulgaria's defence

Marcus Rashford occupied a forward role far out on the left flank, yet still found a way to score through a rocket shot on goal which tore through the goalkeeper's gloves. The Bulgarian goalkeeper stood no chance of stopping it and the England fans could tell that for themselves, judging by the celebrations that took place as soon as the ball left his foot.

Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane celebrate, both made it onto the teamsheet in the end
Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane celebrate, both made it onto the teamsheet in the end

Raheem Sterling was a thorn in the side of Bulgaria throughout the night and did very well to not let the racist chanting get the better of him during the game as he stayed focused and got the job done.

Harry Kane, however, could have perhaps done better earlier on in the game, but once he settled in the second half, he looked as if he was bound to score at some point, and, sure enough, he did - in the 85th minute.

It's basically expected that Kane will score in most matches now, but his link-up play with the rest of the team on the offensive was what made his performance a lot better, and it showed just how potent the Three Lions are across all positions.

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