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England friendly ‘ll be tough -Nwankwo

England friendly ‘ll be tough -Nwankwo

Sterling's inclusion in the World Cup warm-up match showed Southgate's faith in the forward and here, Press Association Sport looks in detail as his display in a 2-1 win for the Three Lions.

But the Nigeria boss blamed their slow start on fatigue caused by a hard journey to England and rain that stopped them training the day before the match.

Meanwhile, Lagos-born Iwobi and London-born Aina chose Nigeria for senior global football but they played alongside Alli for England's youth teams and it's this familiarity they're looking to tap into to put the Tottenham Hotspur star off his game at Wembley.

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.

England's preparations for Russian Federation 2018 continue on Saturday when they host Nigeria at Wembley, and though it is Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane many expect to inspire Southgate's team, it is the 22-year-old Alli who Villa predicts will "have a great World Cup".

"It's very exciting to play in this wonderful stadium.

We were excellent in the first half and created a lot of chances", he said. But, I've said before it's going to be very tough, that's no doubt about it, it's a World Cup.

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

He also highlighted the importance of Saturday's friendly match against England to the team's quest of having a successful outing at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

"We can not play like we did in the first half".

There's a lot of quality in the team and, like the manager says, everyone brings their own attributes. Last week in Port Harcourt we played Simy and saw what he can offer to the team.

'We don't want to do that.

Nigeria, which was held by Congo on Monday, plays the Czech Republic on Wednesday before facing Croatia in its World Cup opener on June 16.

"It is to be expected but at the same time it would be nice if it was positive", Cahill said of the stories regarding England players leading into a big tournament.


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