England will aim to return back to winning ways when they play Bulgaria away in the European Qualification match at Stadion Vasil Levski.
Gareth Southgate’s men fell to a rare defeat in the Euro qualifying rounds after the Czech Republic beat them 2-1 in the last round. The defeat has left the Three Lions level on points with the Czech, though they still lead the points table due to a better head-to-head record, and have played a game fewer than their conquerors in the last game.
Bulgaria, meanwhile, sit rock-bottom in the group having failed to register a win in the first six games.
The European Qualifiers match will be played between Bulgaria and England at Stadion Vasil Levski, in Leckwith area of Cardiff, Wales. The ground has a capacity of 44,000.
The game will start at 12:15 AM (IST), on Tuesday, October 15.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Bulgaria– D L L L L D
England– W W W W W L
Bulgaria Team News:
Strahil Popov and Vasil Bozhikov both pulled out of the squad through injuries and are not available for selection. The former played in the last game against Montenegro, while Bozhikov was never the part of the squad.
Captain Ivelin Popov is available for selection after completing his ban in the last game. The 31-year-old is the most experienced player in the squad as well as the highest-scoring player.
Bulgaria to choose from:
Goalkeepers: Nikolay Mihaylov, Plamen Iliev, Hristo Ivanov
Defenders: Petar Zanev, Anton Nedyalkov, Georgi Terziev, Kristian Dimitrov, Ivan Goranov, Georgi Pashov, Kamen Hadzhiev, Deyan Lozev
Midfielders: Georgi Kostadinov, Georgi Sarmov, Bozhidar Kraev, Marcelinho, Galin Ivanov, Kristiyan Malinov, Wanderson, Vasil Panayotov
Forwards: Ivelin Popov (Captain), Kiril Despodov, Ismail Isa, Bircent Karagaren
Bulgaria Probable XI:
Iliev (GK), Pashov, Dimitrov, Zanev, Nedyalkov, Kostadinov, Ivanov, Marcelinho, Malinov, Wanderson, Kraev
England Team News:
James Maddison withdrew from the squad before the Czech Republic game. The Leicester City playmaker is recovering from an illness.
Aston Villa’s goalkeeper Tom Heaton is not available either, while the likes of John Stones, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Jesse Lingard along with Kyle Walker and Liverpool midfielder Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain are not the part of Gareth Southgate roster for this international break.
Following a subdued performance against the Czech Republic, Gareth Southgate will certainly ring in changes to the playing 11, most probably at the back.
Harry Maguire’s partnership with Michael Keane was far from satisfactory, while Danny Rose at left-back was all over the place.
Maguire should hold onto his place in the starting 11, but Joe Gomez could replace Keane at the back.
Both Ben Chilwell and Trent Alexander-Arnold are pushing for a start at left-back and right-back respectively.
England to choose from:
Goalkeepers: Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Chilwell, Joe Gomez, Tyrone Mings, Danny Rose, Kieran Trippier, Fikayo Tomori, Harry Maguire, Michael Keane
Midfielder: Ross Barkley, Fabian Delph, Jordan Henderson, Mason Mount, Declan Rice, Harry Winks
Attackers: Tammy Abraham, Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Raheem Sterling
England Probable XI:
Pickford (GK), Trippier, Maguire, Mings, Chilwell, Henderson, Rice, Mount, Sancho, Kante, Sterling
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
ENG vs BLG Dream11 potential winner:
Despite England’s defeat in the last game, Gareth Southgate’s men are favorite to win this game. Anything other than all three points for the visitors will be nothing short of a disaster.