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Match No. 751 vs. Sweden Match No. 753 vs. Luxembourg Match Results

England National Football Team Match No. 752

England 0 Bulgaria 0 [0-0]

Saturday, 10 October 1998

Match Summary and Report

Match Summary and Report Team Records England Pre-Match Bulgaria Pre-Match


Match Summary

Status: European Championship 2000 Preliminary Group 5 qualification match.
Venue: Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, capacity 79,045.
Attendance: 72,794.
Goals: None
Cautions: England - Darren Anderton, 56th min.,
Bulgaria - Radostin Kishishev, 65th min.,
England - Jamie Redknapp, 81st min.,
Expulsions: None
Referee - László Vágner, Hungary;
Assistant Referees -
Janos Ring & Zoltan Tampos, Hungary;
Fourth Official
- Vencel Toth, Hungary
Conditions: kickoff 3:00 p.m BST;
Miscellany: Teams presented to Sir Geoff Hurst M.B.E. (ex-England striker)




Goal Attempts - -
Attempts on Target 1 -
Hit Bar/Post - -
Corner Kicks Won - -
Offside Calls Against - -
Fouls Conceded - -
Time of Possession - -


England Team

Ranking: 11th in FIFA ranking of 16 September 1998; 9th in Elo world ranking before this match and 10th after this match.
Colours: Red shadowed striped shirts with navy collar, white shorts with red trim, red socks.  The 1997 "away" uniform.
Coach: Glenn Hoddle, 40, appointed manager 2 May 1996, effective 30 June 1996;
26th match, W 15 - D 6 - L 5 - F 37 - A 13.
Captain: Alan Shearer, 16th captaincy

England Lineup

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
1-Seaman, David A. 19-Sep-1963 35 G Arsenal FC 46 0 1988-2002
2-Neville, Gary A. 18-Feb-1975 23 D Manchester United FC 31 0 1995-active
3-Hinchcliffe, Andrew G., sub off 34th min. 05-Feb-1969 29 D Sheffield Wednesday FC 7 0 1996-1998
4-Lee, Robert M. 01-Feb-1966 32 M Newcastle United FC 20 2 1994-1998
5-Campbell, Sulzeer J. 18-Sep-1974 24 D Tottenham Hotspur FC 22 0 1996-active
6-Southgate, Gareth 03-Sep-1970 28 D Aston Villa FC 29 0 1995-2004
7-Anderton, Darren R., sub off 67th min. 03-Mar-1972 26 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 24 6 1994-2001
8-Redknapp, Jamie F. 25-Jun-1973 25 M Liverpool FC 10 0 1995-1999
9-Shearer, Alan 13-Aug-1970 28 F Newcastle United FC 45 21 1992-2000
10-Owen, Michael J. 14-Dec-1979 18 F Liverpool FC 11 3 1998-active
11-Scholes, Paul, sub off 76th min. 16-Nov-1974 23 M Manchester United FC 13 4 1997-2004

England Substitutes

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
14-Le Saux, Graeme P., sub on 34th min. for Hinchcliffe 17-Oct-1968 29 D Chelsea FC 31 1 1994-2000
15-Batty, David, sub on 67th min. for Anderton 02-Dec-1968 29 M Newcastle United FC 36 0 1991-1999
17-Sheringham, Edward P., sub on 76th min. for Scholes 02-Apr-1966 32 F Manchester United FC 37 9 1993-2002


Not Used:
12-Martin Keown, 13-Nigel Martyn, 16-Nicky Butt, 18-Ian Wright.

Bulgaria Team

Ranking: 47th in FIFA ranking of 16 September 1998; 42nd in Elo world ranking before this match and 38th after this match.
Colours: White shirts with green side panels, green shorts with white trim, white socks; made by Puma.
Coach: Dimitar Dimitrov
Captain: Hristo Stoitchkov

Bulgaria Lineup

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
1-Zdravkov, Zdravko 04-Oct-1970 28 G İstanbulspor AS, Turkey - - -
2-Kishishev, Radostin 30-Jul-1974 24 D FC Liteks Lovech - - 1998-active
3-Zagortchich, Zlatomir 15-Jan-1971 26 D FC Liteks Lovech - - 1998-active
4-Naidenov, Valentin - - D FC CSKA Sofia - - -
5-Iordanov, Ivaylo S. 22-Apr-1968 30 M Sporting Clube de Lisbon, Portugal - - -
6-Iankov, Zlatko 07-Jun-1966 32 M FC Neftochimik Bourgas - - -
7-Kirilov, Rossen 04-Jan-1973 25 D FC Liteks Lovech - - 1998-active
8-Stoitchkov, Hristo, sub off 59th min. 08-Feb-1966 32 F Kashiwa Reysol, Japan - - 1987-1999
9-Hristov, Marian, sub off 89th min. 20-Jul-1973 25 F 1. FC Kaiserslautern, Germany - - -
10-Petkov, Milen 12-Jan-1974 24 M FC CSKA Sofia - - 1995-active
11-Iliev, Ilian, sub off 62nd min. 02-Jul-1968 30 M AEK Athens FC, Greece - - 1991-2000

Bulgaria Substitutes

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
13-Batchev, Gueorgui, sub on 59th min. for Stoitchkov 18-Apr-1977 21 F PFC Slavia Sofia - - -
15-Gruev, Ilia, sub on 62nd min. for Iliev 30-Oct-1969 28 M FC Neftochimik Bourgas - - -
18-Ivanov, Georgi, sub on 89th min. for Hristov 02-Jul-1976 22 F PFC Levski Sofia - - -


Not Used:
12-Dimitar Ivankov, 13-Gueorgui Bachev, 14-Mitko Ivanov, 16-Vladimir Ivanov, 17-Ivailo Petkov.

Match Report


Unfortunately, Bulgaria were no soft touch on a grey afternoon at Wembley and England were held to a scoreless draw.  The home side defended well enough, Lee and Le Saux occasionally sparkled in midfield, but England struggled to put any decent attacking moves together at all.  Rather embarrassingly, the only effort on target in the whole match was a tame header from Andy Hinchcliffe on 31 minutes that Zdravkov could probably have saved in his sleep.

England looked ponderous and predictable within a 3-5-2 formation.  To be fair, Hoddle's options had been seriously reduced before the game started: Beckham was suspended after his spat with Simeone in France, McManaman and Parlour were injured and Merson was back at the team's hotel with a back problem.  So where were the players to put in the crosses for Owen and Shearer?

For once the boy wonder looked less than lethal.  He only had one chance to use his dazzling speed and then he tripped over his feet running onto Scholes' pass late in the first half.  That was unexpected and so was Sol Campbell's miss with a header from a well-worked corner routine.  An England goal would surely have changed the character of the match completely - but it didn't come and a fairly unambitious Bulgarian team held on for a draw.

There were jeers at the end from a sell-out Wembley crowd who had clearly hoped for something better from a team with the whole country behind them at the World Cup.  The fortunate thing was that England had another qualifying fixture in just four days' time against the weakest country in the group.  Three points then would quickly improve their standing in Group 5. - The Official F.A. and England Yearbook 1999-2000.


Source Notes

Official teamsheet
UEFA Match report
World Soccer News.com