Coach Penev calls up 3 newcomers to Bulgaria squad

Bulgaria coach Lyuboslav Penev has called up teenage Litex

Lovech midfielder Simeon Slavchev and two other uncapped players to

his 25-man squad for World Cup qualifiers against Malta and

Denmark.

Bulgaria hosts Malta on March 22 and is away to Denmark four

days later. The game against Malta will be held in an empty stadium

after Bulgarian fans were found guilty by FIFA of racist behavior

in the qualifier against Denmark in October.

Penev also called up newcomers Slavia Sofia defender Radoslav

Dimitrov and Botev Plovdiv striker Todor Nedelev.

Bulgaria is second in Group B with six points from four games,

four points behind leader Italy. The Czech Republic is third with

five points from three games.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Nikolay Mihaylov (FC Twente), Vladislav Stoyanov

(Ludogorets), Plamen Iliev (Levski Sofia)

Defenders: Pavel Vidanov (Zaglebie Lubin), Petar Zanev (Volin

Lutsk), Yordan Minev (Ludogorets), Radoslav Dimitrov (Slavia

Sofia), Nikolay Bodurov (Litex), Iliya Milanov (Litex), Ivan Ivanov

(Partizan Belgrade), Veselin Minev (Botev Plovdiv)

Midfielders: Georgi Sarmov (Kasimpasa), Stanislav Manolev

(Fulham), Vladimir Gadzhev (Levski Sofia), Svetoslav Dyakov

(Ludogorets), Georgi Iliev (Cherno More), Georgi Milanov (Litex),

Hristo Zlatinski (Lokomotiv Plovdiv), Simeon Slavchev (Litex), Emil

Gargorov (Ludogorets)

Forwards: Ivelin Popov (Kuban Krasnodar), Valeri Bojinov

(Vicenza), Iliyan Mitsanski (Ingolstadt), Alexander Tonev (Lech

Poznan), Todor Nedelev (Botev Plovdiv)