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Uploaded on Sep 3, 2010

FATV Match Highlights - A Jermain Defoe hat-trick and first goal for Adam Johnson see off Bulgaria.

England made the perfect start to their European Championship qualification campaign on Friday evening, when a Jerman Defoe hat-trick and an Adam Johnson strike proved enough to see off a stubborn Bulgaria team at Wembley.

They got off to the perfect start and were ahead within three minutes. Wayne Rooney was the architect as he cleverly reversed a chip into the path of the onrushing Ashley Cole in the box. Bulgarian 'keeper Nikolay Mihaylov was out quickly to half-block his initial effort, but Cole quickly reacted to the loose ball and picked out Defoe in the six yard box and he made no mistake by emphatically smashing home into the roof of the net.

On 61 minutes, just seconds after Joe Hart had saved well from Dimitar Rangelov, England produced a devastating counter-attack which ended with Defoe rifling home Rooney's pass to put England two up, having earlier given Fabio Capello's side the lead in the third minute.

Manchester City's Adam Johnson, on as a substitute for Theo Walcott, ended any slim hopes of a Bulgarian revival with England's third and his first for his country before Defoe completed his treble with a powerful drive four minutes from time.

"When you play with a partner up front it takes time to gel but Wayne Rooney is a great player and if I make the runs I know he'll find me," said Defoe, after the game.

"People know what I'm good at. I'll always try to move and when I get a chance try to take it.

"It's always nice to score, but to score a hat-trick for your country and win the game is great."

England vs Bulgaria 2010

England: Hart, Glen Johnson, Jagielka, Dawson (Cahill 56), Ashley Cole, Walcott (Adam Johnson 74), Gerrard, Barry, Milner, Defoe (Young 87), Rooney.
Subs Not Used: Foster, Gibbs, Carrick, Bent.
Goals: Defoe 3, 61, Adam Johnson 83, Defoe 86.
Bulgaria: Mihailov, Ivanov, Milanov, Manolev (Minev 66), Iliyan Stoyanov, Yankov, Angelov, Stiliyan Petrov, Martin Petrov, Bojinov (Rangelov 63), Popov (Peev 79).
Subs Not Used: Vladislav Stoyanov, Kamburov, Domovchiyski, Genchev.
Booked: Popov.
Att: 73,246.
Ref: Viktor Kassai (Hungary).

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