Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

England vs. Nigeria - Football Match Report

England vs. Nigeria - Football Match Report

England will be confronted by the team Nigeria expect to start the World Cup when they host them at Wembley in Saturday's friendly.

While, Nigeria made four changes at the interval and now make a fifth.

With England looking so threatening from set-pieces - particularly with three centre-backs on the field - those dead-ball deliveries could be decisive at the World Cup.

Stars like Harry Kane, Danny Welbeck, Gary Cahill, Jesse Lingard, to name a few, were all seen enjoying some Kabaddi during a training session.

Gareth Southgate named perhaps the strongest starting XI available to him on Saturday, packing as much attacking talent as he could into the side to face Nigeria, while sticking with his preferred three-man defence.

Dele Alli was subjected to jeers from the large contingent of Nigeria supporters, who recalled his decision to snub their country in favour of representing England.

The Three Lions played well in the first-half, winning it 2-0. Controversial tattoos aside, the only thing the press can really talk about is the amount of talent in the young England football squad.

Within two minutes they were back in the game.

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He now wears Dele on his shirt for Tottenham and England.

Alex Iwobi woke up Nigeria immediately in the second stanza, pulling a goal back a minute after the break with a clinical strike, following up Ighalo's shot that hit the upright, 2-1.

Jordan Henderson's absence - he and Liverpool team-mate Trent Alexander-Arnold have been given extra time off following their Champions League heartbreak - creates an obvious gap. For Spurs, he has willing runners beyond him in Alli, Christian Eriksen and Heung-min Son and it could well be that, with Sterling as the furthest man forward, England will see Kane at his very best as the Three Lions look to impress under Southgate.

We are one of the teams contesting for the World Cup but I am not saying we are going to win it; all the teams that qualified are in the running for the trophy. "People often highlight the issues, the faults, of all of the squad, but for so many of them it's incredible they've got to the point they have".

But Gernot Rohr's men could not force their way through again and England improved their record at Wembley to just one defeat in the last 21 matches.

Sterling went in the book for taking an unnecessary tumble in the box and Eric Dier rose to head wide as England sought to reassert themselves.

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