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Ian Wright anxious for England after going into their shell vs Nigeria

04 June, 2018, 00:23 | Author: Carla Brady
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"I've told the players what we're looking for in these two matches and haven't told them the team yet".

Shortly after the break, however, Nigeria pulled a goal back when Alex Iwobi responded quickest to a rebound off the post.

Yet the main reason for urging the present squad to go for broke is because the fallow year argument is just the negative flip-side of the old, discredited, golden generation theory.

Gary Cahill opened the scoring after just seven minutes to get Gareth Southgate's side off to a flying start, and captain Harry Kane then netted a deserved second towards the end of a dominant first-half display.

"The atmosphere is going to be great and we hope to enjoy it and possibly win the game", he said.

Nigeria's timid first-half display places this victory in context but Southgate will have been given real food for thought by what he saw at Wembley.

That comes against Costa Rica - also Russia- bound - at Leeds on Thursday night.

Gareth Southgate will likely field either Jordan Pickford or Jack Butland as his number one in Russian Federation this summer with Nick Pope third choice for the Three Lions.

Nigeria are set to wear their new shirt when they face England in their World Cup warm-up game at Wembley on Saturday (17:15 BST).




If Maguire starts it would complete a remarkable rise for a 25-year-old who travelled with his brothers to watch England as a fan at Euro 2016. England vs Nigeria is a substantial first test for the Three Lions, and we can tell you how to get a live stream of the friendly for free wherever you live.

"It was fantastic to get on the pitch, that's all we work for is to be on the pitch week in, week out, and it was just really nice to get on the pitch and get the win".

England can be satisfied with their win and their performance, albeit with the usual rider of a second half disrupted by a raft of substitutions, and Southgate's tactical framework is now clear.

"Tomorrow, we would play a big team like England, it is an important game for us".

Iwobi's goal summoned more confidence in the Nigerian players and they had chances to equalise.

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 play fairly but the coach still have a lot of technical work to do in the team, there is no cohesion among the players".

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.

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