England’s 6-0 win over Bulgaria was marred by racist abuse from sections of the home crowd at Stadion Vasil Levski.
The fact that five of the goals were scored by black players could have added salt to the gaping injury of defeat inflicted on the Bulgarians.
Marcus Rashford opened scoring in the 7th minute, the lead was doubled by Ross Barkley in the 20th minute, followed by Barkley’s second and England’s third in the 32nd minute.
By the time Barkley scored his third game, the game had been paused once due to racist abuse emanating from the Bulgarian side.
However, the game was stopped again in the 43rd minute before restarting after discussions between the referee and England manager Gareth Southgate.
The pause added to the amount of extra minutes allocated to the game after the first half during which another black player, Raheem Sterling made it four for England goals for England, none for Bulgaria.
Sterling had only just started. In the 69th minute Sterling made it five-nil.
Tottenham hit-man and England captain, Harry Kane, played his part in the humiliation of Bulgaria by making it six-nil in the 85th minute of the match.
The build-up to the game had been dominated by fears that there could be incidents of racism and England staff had to alert match officials to it during the first half in Sofia.
The Croatian referee Ivan Bebek spoke to England captain Harry Kane and a stadium announcement, calling for the racist chanting to stop, was made over the public address system in the 28th minute.