England vs. Nigeria - Football Match Report

World Cup places up for grabs says England boss Southgate

"I had a decision to make whether to play him after turning up late", Southgate said.

It was a night when England were more impressive in the first half and the second 45 minutes became uncomfortable after Arsenal's Alex Iwobi pulled back a goal for the Super Eagles.

But Gareth Southgate's side was soon ahead returning defender Cahill rose highest to head home the resultant corner from Tripper.

England: Jordan Pickford: 6 (out of 10); Kieran Trippier: 7; Kyle Walker: 7; John Stones: 6; Gary Cahill: 8; Ashley Young: 6; Eric Dier: 6; Dele Alli: 6; Raheem Sterling: 7; Jesse Lingard: 7; Harry Kane: 8. So maybe they r going to win it this time!

Alli (whose full first name is Bamidele) was eligible to represent the African nation through his Nigerian father, but chose to throw his lot in with England where he was born and has lived all his life.

Football lovers who watched the England's pre-World Cup friendly with Nigeria on Saturday seem to have a beef with Dele Alli each time the footballer gained access to the ball.

The Wearsider starts at Wembley ahead of Jack Butland and Nick Pope, with Southgate having selected a team that is likely to be extremely close to the one that will kick off England's Group G opener against Tunisia.

Manager Gareth Southgate opted to take a youthful squad out to Russian Federation and with an average age of just over 26, it is the third youngest the Three Lions have selected for a World Cup.

Spare a thought for number 24 in the England squad.

As well as easing any collective nerves, it was a satisfying moment for the veteran of the squad - who was axed by Southgate as recently as March and had been sweating over his place on the plane.

Lingard, who usually operates in an attacking midfield role, scored 13 goals for United last season in all competitions - his most productive campaign yet at Old Trafford. What World Cup experience has tended to show is that it does not matter how many great players you have, or think you have.

West Germany captain Matthaus led by example in his side's 4-1 opening win over Yugoslavia, charging goalwards from his own half before slamming a right-footed shot past Tomislav Ivkovic.

Young, who has spent the majority of his career playing on the wing, was in charge of sending deliveries into the box from the other side of the pitch and caused problems in the Nigeria box on a couple of occasions.

England started brightly with Nigeria displaying some early nerves.

But Gernot Rohr's men could not force their way through again and England improved their record at Wembley to just one defeat in the last 21 matches.

Related News:

Most liked

Kashmir man crushed by paramilitary force vehicle
The incident sparked massive protests in the area and clashes between the demonstrators and the Indian forces' personnel. Kashmiri Protesters gather around a paramilitary vehicle as it runs over a man during a protest in Srinagar .

The president tweeted a photo with Kim Kardashian and people are confused
Kardashian West also hoped for a sit down with President Trump , a member of Johnson's legal team told The Associated Press. When Kim met Trump: Netizens can't stop cracking jokes after looking at Donald Trump and Kim Kardashian in the same frame.

China says it's ready to fight back after United States revives tariffs
Details of the investment and export controls will be announced by June 30 and the final tariff list will be published by June 15. The Trump administration on Tuesday announced its plans to impose 25% tariff on $50 billion of Chinese imports.

Serena Williams claims first major post-baby win in black catsuit
Gavrilova cashed in on a stunning meltdown from Bernarda Pera to scrape into the French Open third round in Paris . Serena Williams has spoken about her struggle with postnatal depression following the hard birth of her daughter .