England beat Nigeria in World Cup warm-up

04 June, 2018, 00:39 | Author: Pamela Mathis
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England dominated the first-half, and took the lead after just seven minutes, with Gary Cahill powering home a header from a corner.

Sterling had been forced to apologise to his England team-mates after turning up to their training camp a day late following a flight mix-up on his way back from a holiday.

In the end, neither side could carve out another clear-cut opening as the clash ended 2-1 in favour of England.

The movement of Sterling and others was causing Nigeria all sorts of problems, though, and the Manchester City forward was heavily involved again when he linked up with Harry Kane and Ashley Young before the latter was denied from point-blank range by a last-ditch block.

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

The social media response towards Sterling in the last week has been largely supportive and - with the spotlight firmly on him at Wembley - it was a similar reaction.

As it turns out, the boos are thought to be the Nigerian fans' way of venting their frustration towards the Spurs midfielder for choosing to play for England instead of Nigeria. The most important thing I do in the next six weeks is protect the players. "As players, all we can do is fight and play for our country to the best of our ability".




Southgate said he hadn't clear seen the incident so he didn't want to publicly reprimand Sterling.

It was a dream start for the Three Lions, who oozed astounding confidence throughout the first half, finding plenty of space to penetrate the Nigerians in all compartments.

"We missed totally the first half but the preparation wasn't good".

"People will see stuff in the wrong way".

England, who failed to qualify for the Round of 16 at Brazil in World Cup 2014, are placed in Group G for this year's tournament, along with Tunisia, Belgium and Panama. Dele [Alli] and Jesse [Lingard] made unselfish runs. But we also know his quality on the ball when he's in the final third. It could have gone against us, but we got our composure back. "I wouldn't necessarily say that that was the side today that starts against Tunisia, but clearly, it wouldn't be far away".

England's first goal came from their defenders with Trippier taking a corner and Cahill headed home while in midfield Obi Mikel and Moses gave their all to ensure that Southgate's side were on top and quicker to the ball.

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