Iwobi scores but England beat Nigeria 2-1 in World Cup warm-up

04 June, 2018, 13:10 | Author: Judy Cobb
  • Gareth Southgate England Nigeria

Nigeria lost to England on Saturday in a top rated friendly just days before World Cup in Russian Federation.

Ian KINGTON / AFP Nigeria's striker Ahmed Musa (L) vies with England's defender Danny Rose during the global friendly football match between England and Nigeria at Wembley stadium in London on June 2, 2018.

The Manchester City star - who netted 18 Premier League goals for the 2017-18 champions - teed up Ashley Young for another England chance in the 19th minute, but his close-range effort was blocked and smuggled to safety.

England boss Southgate said: "There was a bit of a statement with the selection of Jordan".

England manager Gareth Southgate said his side's attacking display in the first half of Saturday's pre-World Cup friendly win over Nigeria was up there with the best of his time in charge of the national team.

The area of the pitch subject to the most debate in recent weeks and months has been central midfield.

"We don't think it was the moment for him to play but he will start the next game but I hope if he plays against Czech Republic, he will be fit and ready on June 16".

Rohr made four changes at the break and the substitutions were having an immediate impact as the Super Eagles had England on the ropes inside the hour-mark.

"We have never had time to train really well, to really train about our system of play and all that because we have just one system of play. What it created was a great atmosphere behind our goal for us to defend properly and manage the game which was important".

20' FREEKICK! Young (England) is clipped by Onazi and the home side have another free-kick in a good position.

England have a final World Cup friendly clash with Costa Rica on Thursday June 7, before making their way to Russian Federation.

"In the second half we corrected some mistakes and played a lot better".

With the second half in consideration, Super Eagles remarkable improvements under Rohr continues.

"To the Super Eagles, I wish you all d best of luck in Russian Federation go and make us proud".

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