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Bulgaria Coach Stanimir Stoilov Warns Referee Ahead of England Match

Bulgaria Coach Stanimir Stoilov Warns Referee Ahead of England Match

Bulgaria coach Stanimir Stoilov believes Three Lions may get frustrated on Friday...

Bulgaria coach Stanimir Stoilov has warned referee Viktor Kassai that if Wayne Rooney was to get aggressive during their match against England, he must act properly when serving out punishment.

Stoilov has insisted that his players will not go out looking for a reaction from Rooney, but feels a player lacking goals, like the Manchester United striker, may get over frustrated and that the Hungarian official makes Rooney face the wrath if he was to get aggressive.

The 24-year-old was booed when he last stepped out at Wembley, during England’s friendly against Hungary, and there are fears he may be the subject of a similar reaction on Friday, which could provoke an outburst to the one after the 0-0 draw with Algeria in South Africa when he shouted at the camera regarding the booing.

Stoilov said: "Rooney has great skills. I have to teach my players how to stop him on the pitch, not how to provoke him.

"That is not the style of the Bulgarian national team who have come over here to play fairly.

"But if Rooney is nervous because of his lack of goals, he should be punished if he is too aggressive."

Stoilov also believes that it is not just Rooney that is under pressure to perform, but the entire team as they look to make amends for a poor World Cup showing.

He continued: "It is a problem the players of England have to deal with but I don't think it is a serious problem because most of them are used to playing under pressure."

The 43-year-old does, however, believe that England were unfortunate at the World Cup, insisting that the infamous refereeing mistake that led to Frank Lampard’s disallowed goal against Germany led to England being knocked out, and if the goal was allowed, the result could well have been very different.

He said: "I saw that game and it was decided by a refereeing mistake.

"If Lampard's goal had been allowed, the score would have been 2-2 and it would have been a different result because England would have had the psychological edge."

As regards his own team's tactics, Stoilov said: "We are not coming to Wembley just to defend.
"In a game like this, a win for us would be the perfect result but we hope not to lose.

"We have to fight to achieve that goal but we will try to play football and, in a game like this, you never know."

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