Super Eagles of Nigeria lost 2-1 to the Three Lions at Wembley in their penultimate match before their 2018 World Cup campaign gets underway.
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.
Nigeria pulled a goal back through Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi in the opening stages of the second half, though, and England were forced to hold off a fightback from the Super Eagles to pick up the victory.
ENGLAND (3-1-4-2): Pickford; Walker, Stones, Cahill; Dier; Trippier, Lingard (Loftus-Cheek 67′), Alli (Delph 82′), Young (Rose 68′); Kane (Welbeck 73′), Sterling (Rashford 73′)
NIGERIA (4-2-3-1): Uzoho; Shehu (Ebuehi 46′), Troost-Ekong, Balogun (Omeruo 46′), Idowu; Onazi (Etebo 46′), Obi (Ogu 46′); Iwobi, Mikel, Moses (Musa 63′); Ighalo (Iheanacho 77′)
Coach Gernot Rohr’s next job is to cut the Eagles squad down to 23 players on Monday before facing the Czech Republic in Austria in their final warm-up game on Wednesday.
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