Kane treble leads England romp as Sterling and Rashford shine alongside skipper in three-pronged attack – The Sun

HARRY KANE'S second goal of his hat-trick upgraded a muted England display into exciting domination of this 4-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win over bottom side Bulgaria at Wembley.

And here he we assess how Gareth Southgate's ultra-attacking line-up fared man by man, including Kane's fellow frontmen Marcus Rashford, scorer Raheem Sterling and back-in-favour Kieran Trippier.

Chelsea playmaker Mason Mount came on for his Three Lions debut, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his international return from the bench after his length injury lay-off.

Read our expert breakdown on England's third emphatic victory from three qualifiers as they top Group A before facing second-placed Kosovo on Tuesday night.


Jordan Pickford

Never going to be the most taxing afternoon of his career but did everything he needed to with assurance. Enjoying being England’s No 1 and will be tough for either Heaton or Pope to leapfrog him. 7

Kieran Trippier

Fortunate to get the nod ahead of Trent Alexander-Arnold and hardly made a compelling case to be retained. A couple of decent deliveries but switched off a few times as well. 6

Michael Keane

Everton defender has worked his way back into the England set-up but will have to perform with more command if he is to stay in the squad, let alone the team. Booked for needless foul on half-way. 5

Harry Maguire

Composed, calm, confident. Then again, he did not have to do too much actual defending. Not the United man’s fault and Maguire is now a critical component of Southgate’s England. 6

Danny Rose

Given licence to get forward and provide the real width on the left, which he did to far greater effect than Rashford, especially in the opening half. Knows he has a real fight with Chilwell for the role. 7

Ross Barkley

Struggled to make a real impact. At times it is hard to work out exactly what sort of player the Chelsea midfielder wants to be. He needs to commit defenders far more and take a grip of a game. 5

Declan Rice

Sat in front of the back four and mainly tidy but some of his passing was off-beam. Difficult for a holding player to make a real mark against a side that does not want to cross the half-way line. 6

Jordan Henderson

Tried to inject some pace into a stodgy early England performance and kept ticking away on the right of the midfield three. Felt like he was one defensive-minded midfielder too many. 6

Raheem Sterling

Burgled the Bulgarian defence to set up Kane’s opener and his speed and swiftness of thinking had the visitors on the back foot throughout. A constant threat and becoming England’s key man. Deserved his latest goal. MOM 8

Marcus Rashford

Awful before the break, terrific after it. Unleashed his A-game to win the penalty that gave England breathing space and sparked into life. Knows that Sancho and Hudson-Odoi want his place. 7

Harry Kane

A second Three Lions hat-trick for the penalty king. England’s skipper wants to be the focal point and cutting edge and while he is not at his absolute sharpest yet, that ability to find the net is a priceless attribute. 7


Mason Mount (for Henderson, 66): A year ago he was playing at Hull and Rotherham either side of the international break. Now he is an England international. Looked to make his mark from the outset. 6

Jadon Sancho (for Sterling, 71): Dortmund youngster was unfortunate not to start after his impressive performances last season and great start to this term. Looked lively after coming on. 6

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (for Kane, 77): First England appearance since March 2018 for the injury-hit Liverpool star. Southgate will be delighted to have him back in the fold, too. 6

BULGARIA: Iliev; Popov, Bodurov (Dimitrov, 65), Bozhikov, Nedyalkov; Sarmov; Ivanov (Mladenov 82), Popov, Malinov, Wanderson; Marcelinho (Desbodov, 67)

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