Ian Wright anxious for England after going into their shell vs Nigeria

Posted June 05, 2018

England kicked off their World Cup preparations with a 2-1 friendly win over Nigeria, but Raheem Sterling ended a troubled week on a low note as the Manchester City star was booked for diving.

It's great to see someone have so much optimism when it comes to England's chances at the World Cup- we know we don't - but not everyone agreed with the midfielders' assessment, taking to social media to call out the player's post-game comments.

The Nigeria captain is back in England and preparing to face Gareth Southgate's England team.

The 21-year-old was involved in full training on Monday in their Austria camp and is expected to start against the Czechs in Vienna.

In February 2015, it was reported that TV presenter and former Nigerian football player John Fashanu tried to convince Alli to play for Nigeria.

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England opened the scoring early on, after Nigeria went a man light, following Leon Balogun's clash of heads.

From the corner in the 10th minute, England got their first goal.

"But his decision making on crosses, the punch he made, his distribution and calmness to slide passes into midfield. that was really important to the way we want to play".

Nigeria "still have a lot of work to do" ahead of the World Cup, according to coach Gernot Rohr.

Former Middlesbrough manager Southgate has instilled a recognisable tactical identity in England with the use of full-backs, which is something encouraging to take to Russian Federation for this summer's World Cup.

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Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi, Chelsea winger Victor Moses and Leicester City trio Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Ahmed Musa are in Nigeria's 23-man World Cup squad.

'We were deservedly two goals up in the first half.

"He has come out today in front of a huge crowd and performed very well".

"For some reason, not a lot of us or not a lot of us believe in it".

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