England claims World Cup warmup win over Nigeria


Nigeria's Alex Iwobi and Ola Aina have promised to bombard Dele Alli with banter, hoping that it will help the Super Eagles beat England in their friendly global on Saturday.

Their manager Gernot Rohr also knows they have a friendly against the Czech Republic on Wednesday, but their captain John Obi Mikel, Wilfred Ndidi, Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho will be among those expected to start.

Ogenyi Onazi has admitted that he played a poor game against England and that he needs to improve before the World Cup.

But overall it was a fairly good performance from the Eagles with one more warm-up match against Czech Republic left before flying to Russian Federation for the FIFA World Cup.

England made a sharp start to the match, but their first opening arrived in controversial fashion when the referee refused to stop play after two Nigerian players had clashed heads, instead awarding England a free kick in a good position seconds later.

If England lacked one thing, it was a composed and cultured central midfielder capable of dictating their tempo at the times they needed to adapt.

"We were excellent in the first half and created a lot of chances", he said.

Nigeria continued their preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a 2-1 loss to England at Wembley Stadium in a friendly worldwide on Saturday evening. "This year they have a nice team - young - and I expect England to do better than at the last World Cup".

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He said, "I think we played really well, with the ball especially".

While England have perhaps had a team capable of winning major tournaments in the past, the same can not be said about the current side.

England's preparation for this summer's FIFA World Cup finals in Russian Federation cranks up as Nigeria visit Wembley in a warm-up match ahead of the tournament.

"I wouldn't necessarily be saying the team that started today is the team that starts against Tunisia, but clearly it might not be far away".

He scored nine Premier League goals in 2017-18, half the amount he managed in the previous campaign.

"This England team is a tight-knit group, we stick together through the ups and downs, the negatives and the positives", Lingard said.

England play their final warm-up game against Costa Rica at Elland Road, Leeds on Thursday, 7 June.