International Friendly Report: England v Nigeria 02 June 2018

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Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr said his side could have conceded half a dozen goals in a poor first-half performance which he said reflected a heavy travelling schedule for his players.

"I've not had a chance to see that back again, it looked a very tight call from where I was sitting".

How far do you think England can go in Russian Federation? Ben STANSALL / AFP Nigeria's German manager Gernot Rohr (C) speaks to his players on the pitch after the global friendly football match between England and Nigeria at Wembley stadium in London on June 2, 2018. I completely understand where he's coming from. "We've reassured him - that's what friends are for, that's what team-mates are for", he said.

"People will see stuff in the wrong way".

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

The 26-year-old striker earned his first cap against DR Congo earlier this week and will be hoping to earn his second when Nigeria takes on England at Wembley.

"My experience of these tournaments is these things will evolve as the matches progress".

Further up the field the Betfair Sportsbook is convinced that the five players that will start against Tunisia rests between just six men.

Both can be backed at 5/6 to start against Tunisia, but with Lingard getting the nod to play an advanced role against Nigeria on Saturday, while Alli sat a little deeper, then perhaps the smart money will be on the Manchester United man starting in two week's time.

Sterling always puts in a shift and his running caused problems for the Nigeria defence, particularly in the first half when he had the Super Eagles chasing shadows on a couple of occasions.

Shortly after, another chance fell to the hosts when Jesse Lingard tried to beat Francis Uzoho at his near post but the latter made a timeous block to keep him out. But we also know his quality on the ball when he's in the final third.

"I should have scored, there was one stuck under my feet and one where the ball was a bit more in front of me and I had to check back, but that's how it goes".

"We couldn't train on Friday because of rain, the pitch wasn't good".

Sterling went close to scoring in the first half but was later booked for diving. We need to learn.

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