Published: Wed, October 16, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Bulgarian coach Balakov says England are the real racists

Bulgarian coach Balakov says England are the real racists

Leicester City midfielder James Maddison has been in great form since the start of the 2019/20 season, earning himself a second England call-up in this worldwide break.

"He'll make more changes, I'm sure of that". The central defensive partnership of Michael Keane and Harry Maguire have looked shaky, to say the least.

Bulgaria sits rock-bottom in the group having failed to register a win in the first six games while England is at the top.

England are set to take on Bulgaria on Monday evening.

For Bulgaria, today's match is all about replicating and putting in a performance reminiscent of the one they carried out against Estonia.

For Bulgaria, Strahil Popov and Vasil Bozhikov both pulled out of the squad through injuries and are not available for selection. This is the third time Maddison was part of an England squad without making an appearance.

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Hardly any questioning in any why he made a decision to go in with Bulgaria's man between the sticks, Plamen Iliev for this clash.

However, Southgate, who has repeatedly said England need to get their own house in order over racism, was keen to focus on the match rather than get dragged into more mud-throwing.

What time is the Bulgaria v England recreation? Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold is also threatening Kieran Trippier's place on the other side of the defence.

The life of an England manager is rarely straightforward and so it was that on the eve of Monday night's qualifier against Bulgaria in Sofia, Southgate found himself being grilled on a range of subjects but among the most insistent was a line about a player who is not even with the squad and has yet to make his senior worldwide debut.

"What I can say is that I don't think we have a problem". Instead, the Leicester midfielder was photographed playing poker in a casino while his teammates slumped in Prague.

England were horrid in the previous encounter but today they are up against a unit which can easily crumble infront of the slightest bit if articulate football. This sees us make all our picks from England in this facet, going in with their leading goal scorer Hary Kane, Raheem Sterling and Tammy Abraham who should be brought on as a substitute when Bulgaria are tiring and flailing.

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