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Four Lessons from England, Nigeria Friendly

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       England captain Harry Kane shows his focus in training ahead of Saturday's game with Nigeria

England kicked off their World Cup preparations with the 2-1 friendly win over Nigeria, a victory which did not go down well with many Nigerian fans. We were not ready at the beginning of the game.

The coach added he would decide by Monday whether to give Jack Butland a start as England goalkeeper for the final pre-World Cup friendly against Costa Rica on June 7, but he spoke highly of Jordan Pickford's performance on Saturday.

Former Chelsea midfielder Mikel played the whole 90 minutes and was impressed by what he saw from Southgate's men.

England kept the pressure on as Sterling and Stones both had chances that nearly went in.

"The game will be a hard one because they parade some of the best legs in the English Premier League, but we also have guys who have played there and are still playing there, so we will put up a good fight and come out with a victory", Simy concluded.

Nigeria may not be favourites to win the World Cup this summer but their new kits have won over football fans. "I expect him to have a great World Cup and be a top, top player".

Captain Mikel Obi, Alex Iwobi and a number of first team regulars were not involved from the start in Monday's 1-1 draw against Democratic Republic of Congo in Port Harcourt. More disappointingly, he failed to help with the transition and ball retention in the middle.

"I had a decision to make whether to play him after turning up late but, actually, that wasn't a decision after he started to come under fire from every other direction", said the manager, after goals from Gary Cahill and Harry Kane secured a positive result.

Omeruo and Ogu joined William Troost-Ekong in a three-man defence, the second time Rohr will be using that set-up.

They are paired with Croatia, Iceland and Argentina in Group D.

But Alli opted to represent the place of his birth, and where he was raised, first pulling on an England shirt in 2012 with an appearance for their under-17 side.

Kieran Trippier and Trent Alexander-Arnold are the contenders on the right and Danny Rose and Ashley Young on the left.

After the 1-1 draw against DR Congo at the bumpy Amiesimaka stadium on Monday, the Super Eagles step up preparations for Russian Federation 2018 with the friendly against quality opposition.

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