Kane: Super Eagles Gave England Trouble In Second Half

World Cup places up for grabs says England boss Southgate

"I so much believe in the team and the ability of the players, individually they may not be skillful as the 1994 squad but they play as a team", he said.

The Three Lions were 2-0 up at half time, having put in a very impressive performance, though an early second-half strike from Alex Iwobi halted Gareth Southgate's side's momentum.

For Southgate's England the real work starts now in attempting to muster his inexperienced squad into a side that can perform creditably in Russian Federation - because even on today's intermittently sprightly showing the nation can expect no more than that.

"It was a great occasion for myself to go over there and see them play live and the atmosphere", he said. "In the first half I thought we were excellent", Kane said in his post-match reaction.

The Super Eagles will hope to improve in the last warm up game against Czech Republic on June 6, while England are due to finish their preparations for the World Cup with a friendly against Costa Rica in Leeds on June 7.

The identity of Southgate's goalkeeper should prove telling, with Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland vying for the number one role ahead of the uncapped Nick Pope.

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.

It was a formation in its infancy but offered lots of promise, certainly when it is thrown forward to England's opening two World Cup games against Tunisia and Panama, when they will be overwhelming favourites.

20' FREEKICK! Young (England) is clipped by Onazi and the home side have another free-kick in a good position. "We can not play like we did in the first half".

Bamidele Jermaine Alli, popularly known as Dele Alli, is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and the England national team. It is the kind of competition for places Southgate will be pleased to cultivate. However, Southgate's selection conundrum in goal remains, even if Pickford conceded against the Super Eagles.

There are so many of them, the usual scenario you experience when some coaches will say they don't have a team, some will say they are lacking in one department or another, are they native doctors?

A little more trial and error from England manager Gareth Southgate, trying to fit Alli, Jesse Lingard and Raheem Sterling into the same starting eleven.

Meanwhile, Nigeria fans gave Dele Alli a loud boo during the match and also gave him loud send-off boo as he was substituted for Delph in the last 10 minutes.



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