Bulgaria axe Delev
Lothar Matthaus has dropped striker Spas Delev from Bulgaria's squad for Tuesday's Euro 2012 qualifier in Switzerland.
Last Updated: 03/09/11 10:22pm
Bulgaria coach Lothar Matthaus has dropped CSKA Sofia striker Spas Delev from his squad for Tuesday's Euro 2012 Group G qualifier in Switzerland for indiscipline.
Matthaus and the gifted but hot-headed Delev had a heated discussion before Friday's home game with England, a match the nation lost 3-0 thanks in part to Wayne Rooney's brace.
The German coach left him out for the game saying the 22-year-old lacked professionalism, although he has not closed the door on Delev returning to the side.
"He (Delev) is a good player and the door is not closed for him," explained Matthaus.
"But he must learn what it means to be an international player. We want to show him a lesson."
Bulgaria have also dropped PSV Eindhoven right back Stanislav Manolev and Crystal Palace central defender Alexander Tunchev while drafting in Levski Sofia midfielder Vladimir Gadzhev.