Bulgaria 0-6 England: Impressive win for Gareth Southgate's men marred by racist abuse

England thrashed Bulgaria 5-0 in Sofia

England have beaten Bulgaria 6-0 in Sofia thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford, Ross Barkley (x2), Raheem Sterling (x2) and Harry Kane.

Sadly, the Euro 2020 qualifier was overshadowed by disgusting racist abuse from the home supporters towards England players.

The match was paused by the referee on two occasions due to complaints from both Kane and Gareth Southgate.

UEFA's protocol was followed, but it was yet another sad day for the sport of football, with racism sadly still rife in certain areas of the world.

We can only hope Bulgaria are severely punished for the cowardly actions of their 'fans'.

Going back to the action on the pitch, England were on the front foot from the outset and were quick to take the lead in the eighth-minute thanks to Rashford's stunning strike.

The Manchester United forward left Bulgaria's right-back for dead on the flank and then proceeded to whip a powerful shot from out wide past Plamen Iliev.

The Three Lions continued to dominate the ball thereafter and were rewarded with a second goal on the 20-minute mark.

Sterling scuffed a shot in the box, but the ball thankfully trickled across the six-yard box for Barkley to tap home.

England continued to press on with Barkley getting his second and the Three Lions' third on 32 minutes, heading home Kane's deft cross.

Sadly, the match was suspended twice in the first-half due to racist abuse from Bulgarian fans towards Tyrone Mings and Sterling.

But the Manchester City man did his talking on the pitch, scoring England's fourth in first-half stoppage time, assisted once again by Kane.

With conversations ongoing between UEFA officials about racist abuse on the touchline, England continued to pepper the Bulgarian goal in the second half.

Sterling and Kane both could have added to the scoreline, but they were let down by some unexpectedly poor finishing.

However, Sterling did get his second of the match just before the 70-minute mark, latching on to another Kane through ball and calmly finishing with his left foot.

Sterling scored twice vs Bulgaria

Kane finally got his goal with five minutes of normal time remaining, lashing the ball past Illiev from inside the box to complete the rout for Southgate's side.

A comfortable night for England on the pitch in Sofia, but another one sadly ruined by a select few in the stands.

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