5 things we learnt as Super Eagles lose in friendly game

Jun 03, 2018, 21:13
5 things we learnt as Super Eagles lose in friendly game

He dominated headlines and the build-up to the friendly after he was pictured sporting a tattoo of a gun on his leg and revelations about his late arrival for England's pre-World Cup training camp when they assembled earlier this month.

- England are unbeaten in 18 encounters against African nations (W12 D6), with this the third time they've faced Nigeria - winning twice and drawing once.

"Simy is a good striker and offers us another kind of dimension going forward, so I can say he will be with the team to Russian Federation as he will join Ighalo and Iheanacho as our strikers going at the World Cup", Rohr concluded.

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.

Young and Sterling combined well but Bryne Idowu was well placed to clear the centre from the left-hand side, before a better passage of play from Nigeria with Odion Ighalo unlucky with an effort that was deflected to safety by Stones.

England made a sharp start to the match, but their first opening arrived in controversial fashion when the referee refused to stop play after two Nigerian players had clashed heads, instead awarding England a free kick in a good position seconds later.

"I had a decision to make whether to play him after turning up late but, actually, that wasn't a decision after he started to come under fire from every other direction", said the manager, after goals from Gary Cahill and Harry Kane secured a positive result.

Following an inconsistent season with Tottenham and some diffident displays for England, Alli needed to cement his place in Southgate's team and, ignoring the hail of boos, he was making a convincing case.

"The most important job for me is to protect the players".

"The situation was one we didn't want to happen".

"People will see stuff in the wrong way".

John Obi Mikel had a crack at goal for the visitors 20 minutes before time but Pickford was on hand to keep out the midfielder's long range strike.

"It won't necessarily be that the team that played today will play Tunisia but it won't be far away". Dele and Jesse made some fantastic runs.

"Second half, it took us seven or eight minutes to come to terms with their change of formation".

"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".