Ian Wright anxious for England after going into their shell vs Nigeria

Lionel Messi scoring a free-kick against Nigeria for Argentina in the 2014 World Cup

Lionel Messi scoring a free-kick against Nigeria for Argentina in the 2014 World Cup

"I think the pace in the team, you can feel it, and that is why we had some problems in the first half". Southgate wants to play three central midfielders, with Raheem Sterling behind Harry Kane up front, which caused people to question about how Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard would fit into the team.

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.

Moses Simon has promised to be "back soon, stronger and better" after missing out on the chance to represent Nigeria at this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

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.

'We were deservedly two goals up in the first half. We were then able to win the ball back with our pressing.

"But the visitors made their changes in the second-half and made a game of it". It was a decent exercise for us to adjust to that.

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The next test comes against Sharapova. "She's not quite at the level she was when she was at her best but that's expected". She hardly seemed nervous as she played her first match on the Philippe Chatrier court for almost three years.

The centre-back forced his way back into the Chelsea side and ended the season captaining the team to FA Cup glory over Manchester United at Wembley.

Nigeria did have one final sight of goal on the stroke of half time when Victor Moses worked space to shoot, but again it was straightforward for Pickford and England went into the break with a comfortable lead.

"So credit to him he has had to come over that but it is to be expected for whatever reason".

It was a dream start for the Three Lions, who oozed astounding confidence throughout the first half, finding plenty of space to penetrate the Nigerians in all compartments.

England's World Cup preparations continue with another friendly against Costa Rica at Elland Road on Thursday.

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