England plays friendly against Nigeria before jetting off to the World Cup

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Worldwide friendlies - Follow the Football match between England and Nigeria live with Eurosport. Unfortunately, Odion Ighalo could not get to a twisting pass before 24- year old Jordan Pickford.

Speaking just before kick-off, Southgate admitted he had doubts about selecting Sterling after he arrived a day late for the start of England's training camp due to a flight mix-up as he returned from holiday.

"Nigeria are one of the few teams that could actually handle his pace but I thought he was very bright and his movement was good".

When we were preparing for the World Cup, on paper Ike Shorunmu was the best because he played his football in Europe, but in reality we actually had a better Vincent Enyeama. Both players are superb defenders and were relentless in hunting the ball down and stealing ahead of their opponents to win the ball back. His change of personnel and system yielded immediate dividends, as they scored.

"It will be an interesting game for us". Though few expect England to do well in Russian Federation, it appears the England squad themselves are confident of a good performance. "We all knew it was going to be number one, so why would they release it now", said another Nigerian supporter.

"I don't think these are trial matches in that a bad performance rules someone out, but there are opportunities for people to really stake a claim in areas of the pitch where there is huge competition for places", he said. One can only imagine how good they'll look strolling around in open sunshine or under the floodlights of night games. We were excellent in the first half and created a lot of chances.

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.

- Alex Iwobi's goal was the first Nigeria have ever scored in an global match against England, in what is the third meeting between the two nations. Pickford's vision was then blocked as Iwobi stepped up to half the deficit in the early exchanges of the second half.

- England scored as many goals in the opening 39 minutes against Nigeria as they had in their previous four global friendlies.

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