Had England won on Friday evening, Gareth Southgate might have used this occasion as a quasi-friendly and an opportunity to give chances to the fringe players and new call-ups in the squad, such as outstanding Chelsea duo Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori in defence respectively. However, whilst the Three Lions enjoyed a 100% record from four games in qualifying coming into this set of fixtures, things are far from wrapped up, and they travel to Sofia with some importance riding on the result.
That means that the England coach is likely to choose his best available XI - which the non-negotiables seeming to include a core of Kane, who tormented this opposition last month, flanked by Raheem Sterling, with Jordan Henderson and Declan Rice further behind in midfield, Harry Maguire in defence and Jordan Pickford in net.
Southgate went with the former Spurs full-back duo Kieran Trippier, now at Atletico, and Danny Rose. That pairing served him well as England reached the World Cup semi-finals, but the coach came under criticism with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Chilwell seemingly representing the better options going forward - plus Rose is suspended for yellow card accumulation here. Everton's Michael Keane hasn't looked especially convincing for the national team either, and his place could come under threat, while one of Mason Mount or Ross Barkley will likely feature in the three-man midfield, with one of Jadon Sancho or Marcus Rashford alongside Sterling and Kane up top.