Published: Sun, June 03, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Nigeria World Cup kit drives fans wild ahead of England friendly

Nigeria World Cup kit drives fans wild ahead of England friendly

How did Raheem Sterling do?

Alex Iwobi reduced the deficit for Nigeria, who came close to equalising after exposing the flaws in Southgate's three-man defence by repeatedly attacking down the flanks.

England got off to a great start against Nigeria today, taking the lead in the 6th minute through a Gary Cahill header.

England beat Nigeria 2-1 at Wembley in preparation for the World Cup and were two goals to the good at half-time.

The 23-year-old spurned a number of chances to score at Wembley before being cautioned for diving in the second half.

A second goal looked increasingly likely for the home side and Jesse Lingard was the next to threaten it just before the half-hour mark when he got on the end of a low cross into the box but was thwarted by Uzoho from close range.

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I thought England played very well in the first-half against a poor Nigeria side. Dele hadn't hit anyone yet, or dived to win a penalty, so what could have angered them so much?

Goals from Gary Cahill and skipper, Harry Kane, gave the Three Lions a comfortable two-goal advantage at the break.

Having experienced former England team-mates Nobby Stiles and Mike Summerbee being affected by the disease, Hurst hopes to play his part in helping raise funds for research into prostate cancer, which kills one man every 45 minutes.

Looking back it is easy to form the conclusion that England have lost the knack of playing well in tournaments, or that players are too exhausted by the Premier League season to be at their best in summer.

- England are unbeaten in 18 encounters against African nations (W12 D6), with this the third time they've faced Nigeria - winning twice and drawing once. Controversial tattoos aside, the only thing the press can really talk about is the amount of talent in the young England football squad. He wasn't originally meant to be a starter, but his man of the match display against Nigeria will go a long way to convincing Gareth Southgate that he, and not the inexperience Harry Maguire, should be one of England's starting centre-backs. 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".

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