England v Nigeria - Raheem Sterling focus

England v Nigeria - Raheem Sterling focus

England v Nigeria - Raheem Sterling focus

His name was cheered by the home fans and, while he was jeered by the Nigeria supporters, he was not on his own in that aspect.

"I thought he [Raheem Sterling] played well".

"We were deservedly a couple of goals to the good at half time".

Aina agrees, and says although the banter will be friendly, Alli will still get an earful.

"I think we played really well with the ball especially, created a lot of good chances, far more good situations than we've had in recent games", Southgate told ITV.

The Super Eagles will hope to improve in the last warm up game against Czech Republic on June 6, while England are due to finish their preparations for the World Cup with a friendly against Costa Rica in Leeds on June 7.

Nigeria had their first glimpse of the ball in the final third when, as the clock ran down, Victor Moses and Alex Iwobi became a bit more lively on the wings but they failed to connect with the attack.

A player like John Ogu should come in for Onazi subsequently.

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.

"For some reason, not a lot of us or not a lot of us believe in it".

Nigeria was looking for a second goal right until the final whistle with England working hard to see out the match, but ultimately it was the hosts who claimed a hard-fought win in preparation for the upcoming World Cup in Russian Federation.

It's hard to read too much into global friendlies, but Gareth Southgate's side looked like World Cup contenders in the first half.

However, the second half was a different story entirely, as England struggled to impose themselves on the game again after Iwobi's goal.

"It was a great header and we have been working on set-plays".

Young goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho, seems to be the favourite after the team's last three games against Poland, Serbia and DR Congo but Rohr insisted that the position was still up for grabs.

"We play like that against any team in the world we are going to cause them problems, so that's what we've got to try and do".

Following an inconsistent season with Tottenham and some diffident displays for England, Alli needed to cement his place in Southgate's team and, ignoring the hail of boos, he was making a convincing case.

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