England plays friendly against Nigeria before jetting off to the World Cup
04 June, 2018, 00:20 | Author: Laura Christensen
I won't say it was easy, but I am happy that I was part of the team and Nige-ria was part of the finalists that qualified for the Mundial in Korea/Japan 2002.
Jordan Pickford's appearance in a near full-strength starting XI suggested he will travel as number one ahead of Jack Butland, while Kieran Trippier hinted his dead ball skills could be a secret weapon in Russian Federation - but Southgate's concerns may now be over his creative axis.
His peripatetic wanderings after his time in France saw him first coach in Africa a decade ago in Tunisia with Etoile Sahel, before he took charge of Gabon when they hosted the 2012 African Nations Cup.
England'sHarry Kane (left) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game with Dele Alli during the International Friendly match at Wembley Stadium, London.
The FC Crotone striker said although the game would be a tough one, he believes Nigeria has what it takes to put up a good showing against the former world champions. Controversial tattoos aside, the only thing the press can really talk about is the amount of talent in the young England football squad.
Nigeria was presented with some half-chances, but only Victor Moses could test Jordan Pickford, with two shots from a wide angle, as Pickford saved comfortably.
As well as easing any collective nerves, it was a satisfying moment for the veteran of the squad - who was axed by Southgate as recently as March and had been sweating over his place on the plane.
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