England vs. Nigeria - Football Match Report

England vs. Nigeria - Football Match Report

England vs. Nigeria - Football Match Report

England imposed themselves early, Alli winning a free-kick in unsafe territory.

Southgate is expected to play a three-man defence, having used the system in recent matches.

England, for their part looked solid at the back and threatening up front as the Italian referee Marco Guida blew for the break - which is not something you could always level at the national side going into a tournament.

"I so much believe in the team and the ability of the players, individually they may not be skillful as the 1994 squad but they play as a team", he said. He is utilising his resources sensibly, with surely only minor fine tuning left at this late stage.

Young has certainly not seen off the competition for his place from Tottenham's Danny Rose.

The 18-year-old Owen scored what many regard to be England's greatest World Cup goal in their ill-fated last-16 tie when he surged past Argentina defenders Jose Chamot and Roberto Ayala before unleashing an unstoppable angled drive beyond Carlos Roa.

After flopping for England at Euro 2016, Sterling has a point to prove and his fine form in City's Premier League title-winning campaign was on display in his eye-catching first-half performance. We would have won but it was a good game coming out with a draw.

There is also some jockeying for position behind captain Harry Kane.

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With no Liverpool players in the starting line-up due to their involvement in last weekend's Champions League final, Eric Dier will play at the base of midfield.

Both of England's opponents have qualified for the World Cup and their differing styles will offer Southgate a glimpse at how his players will cope with the varied approaches they will face in Russian Federation.

England haven't reached the last four of the World Cup since being knocked out by West Germany in 1990.

He also highlighted the importance of Saturday's friendly match against England to the team's quest of having a successful outing at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

England boss Gary Southgate is likely to start the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard although Raheem Sterling is a huge doubt after arriving in camp late. They're more compact, concede less goals.

He works tirelessly but this was one of those frustrating Sterling displays where he could not bolt end product on to approach play - his performance further marred by a yellow card for diving.

"He's young but at the top; if he plays well in the World Cup he can become a superstar", the Argentinian told Press Association Sport.

Nigeria scored early in the second half in part thanks to England dropping back, and Wright said that was a "worrying" sign heading into the finals in Russian Federation.

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