Euro 2012 qualifier: England 4-0 Bulgaria

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Jermain Defoe scored a hat-trick as England overpowered Bulgaria 4-0 in the Three Lions' opening qualifier for the 2012 European Championship.

Defoe, who was initially ruled out of the match with a groin injury, made an instant impact after just three minutes at Wembley as he lashed home in clinical fashion after Ashley Cole's initial shot was parried by Nikolay Mihaylov.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker added another in the 61st minute when he rolled a finish under Mihaylov after a flowing move involving Gareth Barry, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney.

Substitute Adam Johnson scored England's third goal on 84 minutes before Defoe completed his treble two minutes later.


England: Joe Hart; Glen Johnson, Michael Dawson (Gary Cahill, 57), Phil Jagielka, Ashley Cole; Theo Walcott (Adam Johnson, 74), Steven Gerrard, Gareth Barry, James Milner; Jermain Defoe (Ashley Young, 87), Wayne Rooney

Bulgaria: Nikolay Mihaylov; Zhivko Milanov, Stanislav Manolev (Veselin Minev, 66), Ivan Ivanov, Iliyan Stoyanov; Chavdar Yankov, Stanislav Angelov, Stiliyan Petrov, Martin Petrov; Ivelin Popov (Georgi Peev, 79), Valeri Bojinov (Dimitar Rangelov, 63)

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