Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

England claims World Cup warmup win over Nigeria

England claims World Cup warmup win over Nigeria

Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling and Jesse Lingard have all been given the nod to start England's first World Cup warm-up match against Nigeria, with captain Harry Kane leading the line.

"In the first half their goal came from a corner".

Gernot Rohr's side are in Group D alongside Argentina - who they beat 4-2 in November - Iceland and Croatia.

"We can know where we are and now we go back to training and try and improve".

Iwobi appeared to be injured late in the game but the coach said: "This was due to cramp from all the travelling we have been doing".

"We missed totally the first half but the preparation wasn't good".

Of Wolves' Ikeme, 31, who last played first-team football in March 2017 and may have proved the solution for a team often accused of lacking a convincing goalkeeper, Rohr added: "There is also the opportunity to have a think about our sick goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme".

Kane scored England's second goal with a fine finish and linked play with confidence in the final third.

Gareth Southgate has warned his players that the use of video assistant referees at the World Cup means that there will be no hiding place for anyone tempted to dive or commit other acts of indiscipline this summer.

Nigeria, meanwhile, have named a starting XI that includes former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel, while Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi and Chelsea's Victor Moses also feature.

"I think they have a very good chance of going all the way because the youthfulness and energy in this team... you can feel it", he said.

"The problem we had yesterday was the formation, it was not going really right". The most positive thing from the game was our second half performance, especially the players who came into the midfield.

"I heard the coach of the England team say they want to win the World Cup in 2022, so we can say the same (of our youthful team)".

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