Monday 16 September, 2019

Kane nets treble, sets up Sterling as England beat Bulgaria

England's Harry Kane scores his side's second goal from the penalty spot during the Euro 2020 group A qualifying football match against Bulgaria at Wembley stadium in London, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham).

England's Harry Kane scores his side's second goal from the penalty spot during the Euro 2020 group A qualifying football match against Bulgaria at Wembley stadium in London, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham).

Harry Kane scored a hat trick and set up Raheem Sterling's goal as England beat Bulgaria 4-0 in European Championship qualifying on Saturday.

England have won all three games in Group A heading into Tuesday's game against Kosovo in Southampton. England are the main host of the continent-wide Euro 2020, with Wembley staging seven games, including the semifinals and final.

Kane has 25 goals in 40 internationals, the first coming after 24 minutes against Bulgaria.

Sterling pressed the Bulgaria defense from a short goalkick and teed up Kane, who netted from close range.

Bulgaria threatened an equalizer soon after the restart before Kane was on target again in the 49th minute. Marcus Rashford advanced down the left and was tripped in the box by Nikolay Bodurov. Kane netted from the spot.

Kane turned provider in the 55th as he centered for Sterling to bundle into the net.

Kane celebrated his second England hat trick with another spot-kick in the 73rd after being brought down by Kristian Dimitrov.

Bulgaria are last with two points after five games.

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