England claim friendly win over Super Eagles

England claim friendly win over Super Eagles

England kicked off their World Cup preparations with a 2-1 friendly win over Nigeria, but Raheem Sterling ended a troubled week on a low note as the Manchester City star was booked for diving.

20' FREEKICK! Young (England) is clipped by Onazi and the home side have another free-kick in a good position.

England-based Victor Moses, Iwobi and Aina are all in contention to start while Odion Ighalo, John Mikel Obi and Ahmed Musa are also expected to play some part at the 82 000-capacity arena which Alli usually lords over in Tottenham Hotspur colours.

The goal was Nigeria's first ever against England, but they were not content to settle for just one and immediately started pushing for an equaliser as England suddenly found themselves under sustained pressure for the first time.

Gary Cahill powered home the opener on seven minutes before Harry Kane fired home with 39 minutes on the clock.

After the match, Gernot Rohr will announce his final 23-man squad that will represent Nigeria at the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup.

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"We have to make the best use of the two weeks left before our first game in Russian Federation".

"We know we have to and we have to keep playing this way".

England found the going tougher in the second half against an improved Nigeria but held on for victory in their penultimate friendly before the World Cup.

Their first World Cup group game is against Tunisia in Volgograd. He has kept working hard, kept his focus and I think you saw a performance that, apart from scoring a goal, he was very lively.

Ian Wright admitted England's performance against Nigeria was "worrying" despite the fact the Three Lions came away with a win.

"I think the pace in the team, you can feel it, and that is why we had some problems in the first half". We were excellent in the first half and created a lot of chances.

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