Nigeria fall to England in Wembley

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Saturday's friendly kicks off at 18:00 (CAT), and on top of its high-profile nature Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has suggested that he will pick his likely World Cup starting team to play against Gareth Southgate's England.

The worldwide friendly at Wembley came 16 days before England's Group G opener against Tunisia in Volgograd and while the manager was enthused by what he saw in the first 45 minutes, he was concerned by a slow reaction when the visitors changed both personnel and system at the break. Unfortunately, Odion Ighalo could not get to a twisting pass before 24- year old Jordan Pickford.

Despite seeing Sterling spurn another couple of promising openings, England did double their lead before the interval when captain Harry Kane's low drive squirmed underneath Francis Uzoho. I like this type of player - every time he gets the ball you can expect something different.


"We have been pretty clear for a fair while", the manager said. "What it created was a great atmosphere behind our goal for us to defend properly and manage the game which was important". With those two setting the tone, the rest of the England side followed suit and the Three Lions were able to largely nullify Nigeria. We are now a country who could not hold on to a one-goal lead against Iceland. I thought it was an excellent performance with the ball - really good movement and interchange between the front four.

England were comfortably the better team and looked far superior to their opponents.

"We didn't come to terms with their change in formation or work out their midfield quickly enough. It was great to score - it's always nice for a striker and now I'm looking forward to the game on Thursday".


No goals though would come despite the promising spells, leaving England to walk away with the victory in their penultimate pre-World Cup warm-up showdown.

Some of the clothing is emblazoned with the word "Naija" - an affection nickname for the team picked to communicate Nigerian national pride. Pickford's vision was then blocked as Iwobi stepped up to half the deficit in the early exchanges of the second half.

The two teams are on the field of play.National anthem next.


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