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Czech friendly: Eagles eager for better performance

Czech friendly: Eagles eager for better performance

Nigeria was looking for a second goal right until the final whistle with England working hard to see out the match, but ultimately it was the hosts who claimed a hard-fought win in preparation for the upcoming World Cup in Russian Federation.

'The front four, some of the movement and interplay, we looked a threat with plenty of pace.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria are up against England national team this evening at 17:15 pm. The Eagles were cleanly disrobed of all illusions in a fire-and-brimstone first 45 minutes, but at the end of the final whistle, they left the Wembley turf as men who have lost their cataracts and certain assumptions and know exactly what to do when they take to the pitch at the World Cup in Russian Federation in two weeks. Normally, when you play for England, there's not an terrible lot of opportunity to produce a lot of saves.

No goals though would come despite the promising spells, leaving England to walk away with the victory in their penultimate pre-World Cup warm-up showdown.

Dele didn't allow the boos to get to him, though, and put in a solid performance in the centre of the pitch, combining well with Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling ahead of him. "His decision making was good although he was rarely tested".

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Captain Kane, who scored his eighth goal in his last seven appearances for England, told ITV: "It was a good win against a tough side".

"For me, the England game is just another opportunity for us to continue our preparations towards the World Cup and keep improving as individuals and as a team".

However, the second half was a different story entirely, as England struggled to impose themselves on the game again after Iwobi's goal.

The list came a day ahead of the official FIFA deadline of 4 June - the FIFA Council as far back as January 2017, set June 4 as the deadline for the submission of the final list of 23 players by all the 32 teams taking part in the Russian Federation tournament. Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr had shortly after the match against England hinted that further comprehensive training will be done with a view to performing better, insisting that the team was poor against the Lions who were however checkmated better in the second half.

"The first lesson is that we are not ready yet and we have to work out in the two weeks we have before the first game".