Troubled Sterling booked for diving as England down Nigeria

England vs Nigeria World Cup 2018 warm-up

England vs Nigeria World Cup 2018 warm-up

It was a dream start for the Three Lions, who oozed astounding confidence throughout the first half, finding plenty of space to penetrate the Nigerians in all compartments.

The 47-year-old said his team on Saturday was close to England's likely starting 11 when they open their World Cup campaign against Group G opponents Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18. "I don't really want to think about the game too much", he added. "Because we have one system", the Trabzonspor midfielder continued.

"That five, six-minute spell is what we must learn from because that could be enough to put you out", he warned.

Alex Iwobi pulled a goal back for the Super Eagles two minutes into the start of the second half and despite a number of chances for both sides, the Three Lions claimed the narrow win.

But Sterling couldn't stay out of trouble and was booked for an embarrassingly clear dive in a failed attempt to win a second-half penalty. "After 10 minutes we got to grips with their shape and managed the game well".

Southgate said England had failed to work out how the visitors had changed their approach at halftime, something that might cost them dearly if repeated in Russian Federation.


"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. Kept working hard, kept his focus and I think today you saw a performance that, apart from scoring a goal, he was very lively.

After facing Nigeria, England go up against Costa Rica at Elland Road on Thursday - their final official warm up match before travelling to Russian Federation.

"Spain play nice football and have great players, and I expect Germany to be there, and Argentina in the last four".

Despite the numerous changes off the bench on either side, the tempo of the game never slowed down instead it went up a notch.

The England coach picked a strong team and was rewarded with an impressive first-half performance and goals from Kane and Cahill.

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