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Fabio Capello reiterates belief in Rooney, calls for focus before Bulgaria match

Friday September 2 2011,
Tags: Wayne Rooney, Fabio Capello
Rooney has been tipped to find the target in a predicted victory for England over Bulgaria as the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers resume on Friday.
Wayne Rooney has been in firing form at club level. He began the season well with a goal against West Bromwich Albion on the first-match of the English Premier League.

Recently, he hit a hat-trick in the Red Devils’ 8-2 roasting of Arsenal. In total, Wayne Rooney has scored 5 goals in 4 games. Fabio Capello is delighted by the English man’s current performance as he told reporters on Thursday:

“Goals are a fantastic medicine for a forward. Now is a good moment for him. The spirit of Manchester United is different. Those young players have put something different on the pitch.”
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Bulgaria vs England Preview

Friday September 2 2011,
Tags: England, Bulgaria, Wayne Rooney, Fabio Capello, Lothar Matthaus
England will be looking to continue their Euro 2012 qualification push when they travel to face Bulgaria in Sofia.
England currently top qualifying Group G, but are above qualification rivals Montenegro on goal difference alone, and will be looking for a win in Bulgaria. Montenegro will be playing against Wales in Cardiff on Friday night.

Bulgaria are six points behind England and Montenegro, and can drag themselves back into the playoff race with a win over the Three Lions.

Former German international Lothar Matthaus will be taking charge of a Bulgaria team that is still looking to score their first home goal in Group G. “If we give our best and get the fans behind us, we could surprise England,” Matthaus told the official UEFA website.
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Euro 2012 Qualifying: Bulgaria vs Montenegro Match Preview

Monday September 6 2010,
Tags: Euro 2012 Qualifying, Bulgaria, Montenegro
Whereas England and Switzerland will lock horns in one of Tuesday’s top Euro 2012 qualifying matches, Bulgaria will entertain Montenegro at the Stadion Vasil Levski in Sofia.

Euro 2012 Qualifying: Montenegro players celebrate against WalesBulgaria occupy the very last seat in Group G; that’s following their heavy 4-0 defeat away to England last Friday. Hat-trick hero Jermain Defoe exposed their weaknesses and Montenegro – who stunned Wales 1-0 – are out to repeat England’s feat over Bulgaria.

Montenegro manager, Zlatko Kranjcar, revealed his team’s ambitions ahead of Tuesday’s Euro 2012 qualifying match as he said:

“We go to Sofia with the aim of avoiding defeat. I will be content with a draw. Still, we will do everything possible to win against Bulgaria. That’s something I know how to do, as I defeated them during my time as coach of Croatia during the 2006 World Cup qualifiers.

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UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifying Report: Sep 3

Friday September 3 2010,
Tags: England, Bulgaria, UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifiying
England 4-0 Bulgaria: Hat Trick Hero Defoe takes the plaudits as England trounce Bulgaria
The Three Lions made light work of the Bulgarians at Wembley Stadium. A hat trick from England's number nine, Jermain Defoe and a first for new boy Adam Johnson allowed England to run out as easy winners in their opening tie of their UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying campaign.
In this report:
England vs Bulgaria - Fri 3:00PM
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Euro 2012 Qualifying: England’s Steven Gerrard Wants To Win Back Fans

Thursday September 2 2010,
Tags: Euro 2012 Qualifying, England, Bulgaria, Steven Gerrard
England’s Euro 2012 qualifying campaign will open with a match against Bulgaria on Friday, September 3. Steven Gerrard is ready to forget about his team’s poor World Cup adventure by bouncing back with a great Euro 2012 qualifying run.

England Captain Steven Gerrard pictured during a press conference.The captain believes that the England national team will win unimpressed fans back if they can do so.
Steven Gerrard, who last time revealed that he would have booed the Three Lions if he was a supporter, perfectly understands why England are in such a tough situation. The Liverpool play maker explained on Thursday:

“The players realize – and the manager too – that we are under pressure at the moment. That’s normal, after underperforming at a World Cup. But it will really help if we put in a positive performance tomorrow [against Bulgaria] and get maximum points. Then, we can take the confidence from that into the Switzerland game on Tuesday.”

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Euro 2012 Qualifying – England vs Bulgaria: Rooney Will Be OK says Fabio Capello

Thursday September 2 2010,
Tags: Euro 2012 Qualifying, England, Bulgaria, Wayne Rooney, Fabio Capello
England striker Wayne Rooney was arguably the biggest flop during the 2010 World Cup. But ahead of England’s Euro 2012 qualifying match against Bulgaria, Coach Fabio Capello insists that the Manchester United forward is back to form.

England striker Wayne Rooney celebrates another goalStatistics tell that Wayne Rooney hasn’t scored for the Three Lions since September last year as he was goalless as well throughout the World Cup in South Africa. The 24-year-old is also yet to score from open play for the Red Devils since March.

However, his penalty goal for Manchester United against West Ham United in the English Premier League last weekend declares that Wayne Rooney has recaptured his goal scoring touch, according to Coach Fabio Capello. The Italian manager gave his thoughts concerning the striker’s performance in United’s 3-0 win over the Hammers as he spoke from England’s team hotel. Capello proudly stated:

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England vs Bulgaria - Euro 2012 Qualifier Preview

Thursday September 2 2010,
Tags: England; Bulgaria, UEFA Euro 2010 Qualifying
After England's awful World Cup it's back to qualification for Fabio Capello's Three Lions, in an attempt to reach the Euro 2012 tournament. They face Bulgaria at Wembley Stadium in their opener, that may be the beginning of a new look younger England set up.

Fabio Capello ponders England tacticsFabio Capello’s England side will be hoping to get their Euro 2012 campaign off to a good start against Bulgaria at Wembley Stadium, London this Friday. After a disastrous World Cup campaign in South Africa by Capello’s men there have been a few changes for the England squad.

Capello has named a number of relatively new faces to the side and recalled a couple of players that have been out of the fold since before the last World Cup. Kieran Gibbs of Arsenal, Adam Johnson of Manchester City have made brief cameos for the England team, and Gary Cahill of Bolton Wanderers all get call ups for the two game series against Bulgaria and Switzerland. Birmingham City’s new keeper, Ben Foster returns to the England squad after a two year absence along with Jolean Lescott who was in Capello’s provisional 30 man squad for the World Cup but did not make the flight to South Africa.

England’s players and management team came in for a huge amount of criticism after the World Cup with some of the nations top stars bearing the brunt of the accusations about their performances. Indeed, some of the World Cup squad were axed for the recent friendly against Hungary at Wembley Stadium, such as Matthew Upson who was blamed for one of Germany’s goals in the heavy four-one loss to knock England out of the tournament.

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Bulgaria v Montenegro Live Match Preview

Tuesday September 1 2009,
Tags: Bulgaria, Montenegro, World Cup Qualifying
Bulgaria host Montenegro for the Group 8 UEFA world cup qualifying.


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