England beat Nigeria in World Cup football warm-up at Wembley

England beat Nigeria in World Cup football warm-up at Wembley

England beat Nigeria in World Cup football warm-up at Wembley

He also highlighted the importance of Saturday's friendly match against England to the team's quest of having a successful outing at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

Gary Cahill opened the scoring after just seven minutes to get Gareth Southgate's side off to a flying start, and captain Harry Kane then netted a deserved second towards the end of a dominant first-half display.

Tom Heaton is on the standby list for the tournament this month, and as it stands he won't be travelling with the team to Russian Federation. "We have to have that mentality as a team", the England boss said, according to The Mirror.

"Dele [Alli] and Jesse [Lingard] made unselfish runs".

He was withdrawn 20 minutes later as England laboured, but the first half was a reminder that Sterling remains a key component of Southgate's side - and England will need him on form and firing in Russian Federation if they are to have a successful summer.

He's a master at breaking down opposition attacks and winning the ball back for his side, although playing him so soon after his hamstring injury would be a gamble for Rohr. We want to see them perform well and get good results.

"We have to make the best use of the two weeks left before our first game in Russian Federation". We were deservedly two goals up in the first half.

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"There is a real competition for places in every position", said Southgate. "His belief in what's possible, his belief in being able to score every time he plays ... but he's an unselfish player".

He dropped deep to link, played one fabulous pass through to Dele in the first half, and his link play was very good.

Of more concern was the brief period immediately after the interval when England's defensive jitters seemed to grip again. Yet this provides more questions than answers and having churned out a solid showing against Nigeria, Butland will need to make sure he doesn't put a foot wrong if he, as expected, starts against Costa Rica in midweek, with Pickford at present perhaps the favourite to get the nod from Southgate in Russian Federation.

'What was really worrying was when they changed their shape and we went into our shell a little bit. "We had to manage a game which could have gone against us for a brief spell". However, Southgate's selection conundrum in goal remains, even if Pickford conceded against the Super Eagles.

But what four things did we learn from the match?

England's Harry Kane during the training session at St George's Park (pic: David Davies/PA Images).

'Some slightly better decision making or quality and we would have scored more'.

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