International Friendly Report: England v Nigeria 02 June 2018

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England's midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek (L) vies with Nigeria's midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo (C) and Nigeria's defender Bryan Idowu (R) during the global friendly football match between England and Nigeria at Wembley stadium in London on June 2, 2018.

His name was cheered by the home fans and, while he was jeered by the Nigeria supporters, he was not on his own in that aspect. "I do think because the youthfulness, the energy in this team you can feel it".

The England coach picked a strong team and was rewarded with an impressive first-half performance and goals from Kane and Cahill.

Aina agrees, and says although the banter will be friendly, Alli will still get an earful.

"Midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, who plays for Leicester in the Premier League, was missing due to injury and the coach said:" My friend Claude Puel (Leicester manager) gave me information and we are following the protocol given to us by Leicester City.

England has beaten Nigeria 2-1 at Wembley in their penultimate match before their 2018 World Cup campaign gets underway.

The goalkeeper, who has recovered from a hairline fracture in his left foot, played the entire match but couldn't prevent the world champions from losing for the second straight game after a 1-0 defeat to Brazil in March.

Overall the match was a real positive for England, but the second-half display shows Southgate still has work to do if his team are to make an impact in Russian Federation.




But Alli opted to represent the place of his birth, and where he was raised, first pulling on an England shirt in 2012 with an appearance for their under-17 side.

"We will try to see the team that has the chance of starting the World Cup against Croatia". But, I've said before it's going to be very tough, that's no doubt about it, it's a World Cup.

Arsenal's Alex Iwobi pulled one back for the visitors, who are also World Cup-bound, but England did enough to secure the victory.

Sterling went close to scoring in the first half but was later booked for diving.

The Super Eagles will travel to Austria after the game for the final phase of their World Cup preparation.

"We have all our players in camp".

While England have perhaps had a team capable of winning major tournaments in the past, the same can not be said about the current side.

Nigeria, in Group D, will play their first game on June 16.

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