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Bulgaria 0-6 England: 5 Talking Points | Euro 2020 Qualifiers

Mo Omi
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15 Oct 2019, 11:47 IST

#4 Wanderson disappears as Bulgaria whimper

Wanderson (far left) flattered to deceive on this occasion and was starved of chances
Wanderson (far left) flattered to deceive on this occasion and was starved of chances

From the hosts' starting eleven here, most regular football fans might only recognize one or two names: captain Ivelin Popov (FC Rostov) and Ludogorets Razgrad winger Wanderson, who has regularly featured against tough defenses in the Champions League and Europa League since 2014/15.

Brazilian-born Wanderson, 31, made his international debut in their 4-0 defeat by England last month and delivered a subpar display at Wembley. Although more successful during their goalless draw against Montenegro on Friday - three key passes, two duels and one completed dribble - he was again shackled by an England side who didn't have to work particularly hard to keep their clean sheet intact here.

Pickford made just two saves over the 90 minutes, Wanderson kept his passing tidy (91.3% success) but didn't create a goalscoring opportunity before being replaced after 75 minutes.

He won three of the four duels contested, lost possession on six occasions, was fouled twice but largely kept quiet by an England side who dominated the ball and starved their hosts of opportunities to assert their creative talents by doing so.

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