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England 2-1 Nigeria

England 2-1 Nigeria

Southgate has yet to reveal whether Pickford or Jack Butland will be his first-choice goalkeeper in Russian Federation but the scales tipped heavily in the Everton man's favour as he was given 90 minutes in the 2-1 win at Wembley.

"Me and Dele we speak here and then so if I do get a chance to give him a little nudge and say something I might do because I know he will take it lightly anyway".

To underscore the importance of the Eagles' tie, the Czech Republic Head Coach, Karel Jarolim on Sunday studied the video of the Nigeria, England duel as they prepare to face the three-time African champion in Austria on June 6.

"We have to make the best use of the two weeks left before our first game in Russian Federation".

And critics have been raving over the play of England's youngsters in recent months.

Since, Alli has made 24 appearances for England and is expected to be a big part of their squad for the upcoming World Cup.

"Some slightly better decision making or quality and we would have scored more".

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Overall the match was a real positive for England, but the second-half display shows Southgate still has work to do if his team are to make an impact in Russian Federation.

Captain Harry Kane doubled England's lead as he picked up a loose ball and leashed it past Nigeria goalkeeper Uzoho. Some of our players weren't fit and England put the pressure on us. "With forward players there will always be moments where the ball is slightly the other side of somebody or taking somebody on isn't always going to succeed, and there were a couple of those, but in general I thought those front four played really well".

However, the second half was a different story entirely, as England struggled to impose themselves on the game again after Iwobi's goal.

"We will try to see the team that has the chance of starting the World Cup against Croatia".

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.

"I think the pace in the team, you can feel it, and that is why we had some problems in the first half."In the second half we corrected some mistakes and played a lot better".


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