Southgate purrs as England's Lions find attacking form

"It will be an interesting game for us".

The goal may have stemmed from dubious circumstances, but it was no doubt deserved and England quickly set about pressing their advantage home with another corner, causing problems just five minutes later when John Stones nearly capitalised on a handling error from Uzoho. The beginning was the opportunity for us to change our formation at half time.

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder started in a deeper midfield position as Gareth Southgate experimented with a 3-5-2, and was the subject of boos whenever he touched the ball.

On Sterling's booking for simulation, which came after he took a tumble in the box under apparently minimal contact, Southgate added: "It looked a very tight call from where I was sitting because he was travelling at such speed".

In the first half, Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard and Gary Cahill all put in impressive shifts, though Cahill was the only one of this trio to carry his performance into the second period.

The Africans, who also head to Russian Federation later this month, pulled a goal back through Alex Iwobi shortly after the break but threatened only fleetingly for much of the game.

"The situation was one we didn't want to happen".

Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr may have read the match very well after the first half and he responded by making the right substitutions that fortified the team.

Nigeria skipper John Obi Mikel, meanwhile, believes England's pace and energy can carry them to the semi-finals. We need to learn.

England narrowly overcame Nigeria at Wembley in their penultimate game before the World Cup.

"Tomorrow, we would play a big team like England, it is an important game for us".

On his first England appearance since October, Cahill headed in the opener in the seventh minute from Kieran Trippier's corner in front of 70,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.

But what might have turned into a walk in the park against a side ranked 47th in the world became a tense 2-1 victory as Arsenal's Alex Iwobi struck less than two minutes into the second half, robbing the hosts of their composure.

The first time he used it was in the 4-2 win over Argentina in a friendly in November 2017.

Reports on the NFF official Twitter handle on Wednesday had quoted Coach Rohr as saying that he was willing to wait and see if the player could make a late push for the World Cup in Russian Federation.

"We also won the ball back really quickly, and I thought we played from the back with good composure".

"Today was not a moment for him to play but he will start the next game against the Czech Republic".

  • Julie Sanders