Nigeria World Cup kit drives fans wild ahead of England friendly

World Cup places up for grabs says England boss Southgate

World Cup places up for grabs says England boss Southgate

Gary Cahill and Raheem Sterling are both handed starts in England's friendly global with Nigeria at Wembley Stadium. Uzoho reacted nervously when John Stones glanced a header at his feet and Brian Idowu produced a fearless, last-ditch lunge to deny Ashley Young. The whole rhythm of the second half was wildly different, with Nigeria now looking confident and comfortable playing with an intensity that suited their side.

But the Nigeria keeper was beaten from the resulting corner as Gary Cahill rose to send a header beyond him and the defender on the line. Francis Uzoho made his first save from a Kieran Trippier free-kick soon after as the Three Lions laid siege on Nigeria's half of the pitch.

Placed in the same group as Argentina, Iceland and Croatia, the Super Eagles will hope to head into the World Cup in good shape and high spirits so as to qualify from the tough group.

But the game was little of a true test for England, who benefited from a string of first-half errors by Nigeria.

Nigeria have a travelling squad of 25 players, however, this will be cut to 23 players on Monday's deadline.

He was withdrawn 20 minutes later as England laboured, but the first half was a reminder that Sterling remains a key component of Southgate's side - and England will need him on form and firing in Russian Federation if they are to have a successful summer.

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The Super Eagles needed a second-half response and quickly delivered after a change of shape to match their opponents, Iwobi side-footing in after Ighalo's shot came back off the post. Nigeria's problems against the crossed ball may not bode well for them.

Rather than use Harry Kane as the focal point in attack, Gareth Southgate instead deployed the Tottenham striker alongside Manchester City ace Raheem Sterling in a 3-1-4-2 formation.

Meanwhile, Nigeria fans gave Dele Alli a loud boo during the match and also gave him loud send-off boo as he was substituted for Delph in the last 10 minutes.

Both Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard flattered to deceive and will need a sharp upturn in productivity.

England's possession-based approach means they'll look to commit men forward, and with a back three, there should be spaces in the channels which can be exploited if Nigeria can get the ball forward quickly.

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