Euro 2020 qualifying: Bulgaria coach believes England has ‘bigger’ racism problem

England manager Gareth Southgate
England’s 10-year unbeaten run in qualifiers came to end against the Czech Republic on Friday

Bulgaria coach Krasimir Balakov has accused England of having a bigger racism problem than his own country before the Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia on Monday.

The build-up to the game has been overshadowed by fears England’s players could be subjected to abuse after they were targeted during the qualifier against Montenegro in Podgorica in March.

England will face Bulgaria with a section of the Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski closed following incidents of racism during games against Kosovo and the Czech Republic in June, with Uefa ordering that 5,000 of the 46,340 seats be blocked off for Monday’s game and 3,000 against Czech Republic in November.