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Bulgaria FA slams Southgate over abuse concerns

Shaka Hislop examines whether or not Raheem Sterling has what it takes to become an elite star following his top form for club and country.
After Michael Keane and Harry Maguire surrendered three goals against Kosovo, ESPN FC's Craig Burley re-examines England's centre-back partnership.

The president of the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) Borislav Mihaylov has expressed his indignation and disappointment over comments by England manager Gareth Southgate about the prospect of racism at next month's Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia.

Southgate, who plans to consult his players before the Oct. 14 game, said he feared they could face racial abuse in Bulgaria after an away fan allegedly targeted winger Raheem Sterling when the teams met at Wembley last Saturday.

The FA said an individual...

Mourinho: Ronaldo's success worthy of study

The Serie Awesome podcast crew provide their grades on Juve's summer dealings, where questions arise over keeping "dead weight" players.
Cristiano Ronaldo notched his 10th 4-goal game for both club and country in Portugal's 5-1 win over Lithuania.

Jose Mourinho has said Cristiano Ronaldo's mental and physical form is worthy of a case study.

The Juventus forward scored four goals as Portugal beat Lithuania in a Euro 2020 qualifier on Tuesday to increase his tally to 93 international goals.

- Table for two! Messi accepts Ronaldo's dinner invitation
- Euro 2020 qualifying: All you need to know

Ronaldo, who achieved his eighth hat trick in international football against Lithuania, surpassed Robbie Keane to become the all-time record scorer...

Euro 2020 qualifying: Who will reach the finals?

The FC crew praise England for their attacking prowess against Kosovo, but can't overlook the issues in the heart of their defence.

There's now just four rounds of games remaining in qualifying for Euro 2020, which kicks off in June next year.

No country has, as yet, booked their place in the finals. But the qualifying picture is starting to take shape. 

Here we take a look at who is in pole position, and who might make a late run, before qualifying comes to a close in November. 

- Euro 2020 qualifying: All you need to know
- Stream Euro 2020 qualifiers (live and replay) on ESPN+

The top two teams in each group qualify...

Sancho, Sterling proving to be England's greatest strength; defensive questions persist

SOUTHAMPTON, England -- It should come as no surprise that a national team whose sole World Cup success (1966) was achieved by a side known as the "Wingless Wonders" have often struggled to find room for creative wide players. England's 5-3 victory over Kosovo in Euro 2020 qualifying Tuesday showed that is no longer the case.

England have never lacked archetypal players -- the gallant centre-back, the tireless box-to-box midfielder, the bruising centre-forward -- but with occasional notable exceptions...