Nigeria test 'a decent exercise' for England - Southgate

Victor Moses

Victor Moses

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, making only his third global appearance, hardly had a save to make in the first half. The beginning was the opportunity for us to change our formation at half time.

The scoreline may have been tight, but there were a few players on each side who gave a good account of themselves ahead of the big competition.

"So, I think the England team have a good chance of getting the quarters, even the semis I think".

"It was a great header and we have been working on set-plays".

England lacked the zip from the early stages in the second half as regular substitutions broke up the rhythm of the game, with Danny Rose, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Marcus Rashford, Fabian Delph and Danny Welbeck all appearing from the bench.

But overall it was a fairly good performance from the Eagles with one more warm-up match against Czech Republic left before flying to Russian Federation for the FIFA World Cup. "There is always room for improvement and we want to play together as a team".

Sterling lay on the second goal for captain Harry Kane after Cahill had headed England in front inside seven minutes.

Harry Kane doubled England's lead four minutes before the break with a powerful low shot just outside the box that sailed under Uzoho, 2-0.

The visitors came flying out of the bocks after half time and halved the deficit within two minutes of the restart when Ighalo's effort came back off the post and bounced to the feet of Arsenal's Iwobi, who swept the rebound home. Nigeria play the Czech Republic in a friendly on 6 June.

Iwobi appeared to be injured late in the game but the coach said: "This was due to cramp from all the travelling we have been doing".

Iceland and Argentina are also in Nigeria's group.

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. "Our first objective is to qualify from this group".

"I think they have a very good chance of going all the way because the youthfulness and energy in this team. you can feel it", he said.

"He's young but at the top; if he plays well in the World Cup he can become a superstar", the Argentinian told Press Association Sport.

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