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Posted on 15 August 2006  - 12:00

Dimitar Berbatov won plaudits for his display for Bulgaria against Wales last night but it was disappointment for Tom Huddlestone and Wayne Routledge on England Under-21 duty.

Dimitar Berbatov won plaudits for his display for Bulgaria against Wales last night but it was disappointment for Tom Huddlestone and Wayne Routledge on England Under-21 duty.

Our summer arrival from Bayer Leverkusen was a constant thorn in Wales' side for Bulgaria as the sides played out an entertaining 0-0 draw at Swansea's new Liberty Stadium.

Dimitar was involved in most of Bulgaria's attacking play and went closest with a lovely piece of individual skill midway through the second half when he left two Welsh players for dead on halfway before hitting his shot wide.

Tom and Wayne tasted disappointment in England's European U21 Championship qualifying opener against Moldova on Tuesday night.

The Spurs pair played the full 90 minutes as England were held to a surprise 2-2 draw at Ipswich Town's Portman Road.

Tom was involved in the move that led to England's opening goal via Theo Walcott after three minutes and crashed a volley just wide at the start of the second half.

However, Moldova hit back through Alexeev after 75 minutes and although David Nugent headed England back into the lead, the visitors were not to be denied and equalised for the second time through Zislis with three minutes left.

Qualification for the European Championship Finals has been reduced this time around to 14 groups of just three teams - England alongside Moldova and Switzerland - with just the group winners going through to a play-off to reach the finals. Needless to say, England are now up against it and travel to Switzerland on September 6. The finals are in Holland next June.