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

Messi celebrates scoring against Nigeria Messi celebrates scoring against Nigeria
Jan Ortega | 04 June, 2018, 23:59

England beat Nigeria 2-1 in an worldwide friendly played at Wembley on Saturday afternoon.

On account of what he saw, Mikel believes England "have a good chance" of going all the way in Russian Federation.

Seventeen of the 23 players picked by the German manager were in action at Wembley Stadium, with Mikel Obi, Kenneth Omeruo, Ogenyi Onazi and Ahmed Musa, who represented Nigeria at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, heading to Russian Federation to appear at the finals for the second time.

Manager Gareth Southgate kept faith in the 23-year-old and started him against Nigeria.

The goal may have stemmed from dubious circumstances, but it was no doubt deserved and England quickly set about pressing their advantage home with another corner, causing problems just five minutes later when John Stones nearly capitalised on a handling error from Uzoho.

Young and Sterling combined well but Bryne Idowu was well placed to clear the centre from the left-hand side, before a better passage of play from Nigeria with Odion Ighalo unlucky with an effort that was deflected to safety by Stones.

Nigeria have included Simeon Nwankwo in their final squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Goals from Harry Kane and Gary Cahill ensured England overcame Nigeria 2-1 in a pre-World Cup friendly at Wembley on Saturday.

"The first half we felt comfortable, moved the ball quickly and dominated but a lack of concentration early in the second half let us down".

Arsenal's Alex Iwobi pulled a goal back just minutes after the interval and the African nation threatened for an equaliser.

He said: "It is to be expected but at the same time it would be nice if it was positive".

The England coach picked a strong team and was rewarded with an impressive first-half performance and goals from Kane and Cahill. Kept working hard, kept his focus and I think today you saw a performance that, apart from scoring a goal, he was very lively. So credit to him.

"I think we played really well with the ball especially, created a lot of good chances, far more good situations than we've had in recent games".

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