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

Elena Summers
June 3, 2018

England manager Gareth Southgate says beating Nigeria 2-1 in Saturday's World Cup warm-up was a "good test" for the upcoming tournament in Russian Federation.

The second half saw Gernot Rohr make four changes - John Ogu, Oghenekaro Etebo, Kenneth Omeruo, and Tyronne Ebuehi came on for Onazi, Joel Obi, Balogun, and Abdullahi Shehu.

Pickford made his third appearance for England on Saturday, while 25-year-old Butland has won seven caps and Pope, 26, is yet to make his debut.

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.

First-half goals from Gary Cahill and captain Harry Kane helped England to victory at Wembley in their penultimate warm-up match before taking on Tunisia, Panama and Belgium in Group G in Russian Federation.

We are one of the teams contesting for the World Cup but I am not saying we are going to win it; all the teams that qualified are in the running for the trophy.

"We have been pretty clear for a fair while", the manager said.

"It will be an interesting game for us". Controversial tattoos aside, the only thing the press can really talk about is the amount of talent in the young England football squad.

"If I'd been left out, I wouldn't have had any complaints", Sterling told ITV.

If we try such in Nigeria (using a youth team for that competition) they will nearly lynch the coach.

England were comfortably the better team and looked far superior to their opponents. "I am enjoying my football and playing freely", he said.

This prompted a dip in England's performance before Sterling made headlines once again as he was rightly booked for diving later in the game.

Nigeria pulled a goal back through Arsenal's Alex Iwobi in the opening stages of the second half, though, and England were forced to hold off a fightback from the Super Eagles to pick up the victory. Pickford's vision was then blocked as Iwobi stepped up to half the deficit in the early exchanges of the second half.

The Nigerian team's home and away kits were priced at £64.95 before they sold out, with other items including a jacket, training clothing and footwear also available.

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