Chelsea midfielder misses out a start for the Three Lions for the first time in nearly four years as Capello picks a young side to take on Group G rivals
The Chelsea midfielder has been a regular starter in the middle for the Three Lions since breaking onto the scene in Euro 2004, and has not missed a first XI place when fit since a European Championships qualifier in Russia in October 2007.
But he has to make do with a place on the bench tonight as new Tottenham signing Scott Parker and Gareth Barry fill the middle. The in-form Ashley Young plays behind Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney with Theo Walcott and Stuart Downing manning the wings.
In defence, Chris Smalling's good form at right-back for United means he gets the nod there tonight, while in-demand Bolton centre-back Gary Cahill partners John Terry in the centre.
Neither Manchester United centre-back Phil Jones nor Liverpool forward Andy Carroll make the bench.
England: Hart; Smalling, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Walcott, Parker, Barry, Downing; Young; Rooney.
Subs: Stockdale, Jagielka, Baines, Milner, Lampard, A Johnson, Defoe
Bulgaria: Mihaylov, Bandalovski, Zanev, Bodurov, Georgiev, Ivanov, Milanov, M Petrov, S Petrov, Genkov, Popov.
Subs: V Stoyanov, Illiev, Marquinhos, Sarmov, Raykov, S Stoyanov