International Friendly Report: England v Nigeria 02 June 2018


First-half goals from Gary Cahill and captain Harry Kane helped England to victory at Wembley Stadium in their penultimate warm-up match before taking on Tunisia, Panama and Belgium in Group G in Russian Federation.

Gareth Southgate's men were looking risky from set pieces and nearly doubled their lead, but Uzoho denied Eric Dier with a point-blank save.

It is, sadly, easy to imagine this template being followed in the World Cup when England come up against savvy, organised opposition.

"I heard the coach of the England team say they want to win the World Cup in 2022, so we can say the same (of our youthful team)".

England started the match looking much more dominant and having more of the ball.

There was another flashpoint involving Sterling as he was booked for diving in the second half, but Cahill believes the former Liverpool man has shown impressive character as he makes front and back-page headlines.

Balogun made a crucial clearance for Nigeria as England nearly scored the second goal of the night.

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England manager Gareth Southgate said his side's attacking display in the first half of their pre-World Cup friendly win over Nigeria on Sunday morning (Singapore time) was up there with the best of his time in charge of the national team.

Elsewhere on Saturday, England's big group rivals in Russia, Belgium, were held to a 0-0 stalemate by Portugal, while Sweden and Denmark also played out a goalless draw.

How far do you think England can go in Russian Federation? "You just need to learn from your mistakes and then you move on", he said. If we can combine those together in the ideal way then we can go far. We were excellent in the first half and created a lot of chances.

"Second half they scored and it puts the pressure on but we got back into it an kept the ball and came back well".

"My focus is on being the best player I can be - when you expect that from yourself no one can expect more from you".

England's team has changed significantly since the 31-year-old Mikel left Chelsea for China's Tianjin Teda in January 2017, and he said: "This is a very young England team, the same as Nigeria".

Nigeria were completely outplayed by England in the first half but reacted after the interval as they aim to go further than the round of 16 that they reached in Brazil four years ago.