Nigeria test 'a decent exercise' for England - Southgate

World Cup 2018 fixtures Full schedule and match dates

World Cup 2018 fixtures Full schedule and match dates

England's first goal came from their defenders with Trippier taking a corner and Cahill headed home while in midfield Obi Mikel and Moses gave their all to ensure that Southgate's side were on top and quicker to the ball.

England, who also face Panama and Belgium in Group G, qualified for the World Cup easily, winning eight of their 10 matches to finish as unbeaten group winners. Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford and Nick Pope have all been selected for the final squad, However, ahead of the game, Southgate remarked: "We know what we want to see in that area and we're clear on what we think".

England narrowly overcame Nigeria at Wembley in their penultimate game before the World Cup.

In February 2015, it was reported that TV presenter and former Nigerian football player John Fashanu tried to convince Alli to play for Nigeria. "This year they have a nice team - young - and I expect England to do better than at the last World Cup".

"We lost but it was a good second half, the crowd was awesome, Nigerians came out to support and you could see they were not disappointed at the final whistle".

England's cause was not helped when Sterling capped off a week in which he hit the headlines for off-field reasons by picking up a deserved yellow card for diving, throwing himself to ground in an attempt to win a penalty from Uzoho.

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"I had a decision to make whether to play him after turning up late", Southgate said. More disappointingly, he failed to help with the transition and ball retention in the middle. There's a lot of quality in the team and, like the manager says, everyone brings their own attributes.

We were deservedly two goals up in the first half.

Omeruo and Ogu joined William Troost-Ekong in a three-man defence, the second time Rohr will be using that set-up.

Nigeria are in a group dubbed the "group of death" with Argentina, Croatia and Iceland. Welbeck was set free down the right in stoppage time but elected to stop and cross instead of sprint and shoot, with Rose being ruled offside.

It has been pretty obvious he will be Nigeria's first choice goalkeeper in Russian Federation but Francis Uzoho sealed Super Eagles No. 1 spot ahead of the 2018 World Cup with his performance against England.

England midfielder Jesse Lingard, who plays for City rival Manchester United, said he and others have "reassured" Sterling this week because "that's what friends are for".

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