Ilia Gruev Set To Face Romania and Slovenia

Ilia Gruev Set To Face Romania and Slovenia

Midfielder in line to add to his 16 senior caps for Bulgaria

Leeds United midfielder Ilia Gruev is set to face Romania and Slovenia over the next week, after recently being named in Bulgaria coach Ilian Iliev's latest international squad.

A 2023 summer signing from Werder Bremen, Gruev made 35 appearances for the Whites during the last campaign, as Daniel Farke's side reached the Championship Play-off Final.

The Bulgarian international scored his first goal for the club, in May's crucial semi-final 4-0 win over Norwich City at Elland Road, later saying it was one "he won't forget".

Gruev has been ever-present for the national team since making his debut against Gibraltar in September 2022, featuring 16 times for the Lions, including their most recent fixture, a 1-1 draw with Azerbaijan.

Managed by former Benfica and AEK Athens star Ilian Iliev, Bulgaria head to the Steaua Stadium on Tuesday 4th June (7:30pm), where they will face Romania, before flying to Ljubljana, for their second friendly against Slovenia on Saturday 8th June (2pm).

Bulgaria Squad: