Nwankwo joins Moses, Iwobi in Nigeria's final World Cup squad
Jun 04 2018
Ian KINGTON / AFP Nigeria's midfielder John Obi Mikel runs with the ball during the global friendly football match between England and Nigeria at Wembley stadium in London on June 2, 2018.
In the attack also, after Simy Nwankwo's commendable showing in the last friendly, Odion Ighalo, Victor Moses and Alex Iwobi will need to be incisve and efficient playing against England's nigh impregnable three-man defence.
But in today's game at Wembley, Nigerian fans were disappointed that he pledged his allegiance to England rather than their own side.
Nigeria were punished for a dismal first half display as goals from Gary Cahill and Harry Kane put England in control.
Placed in the same group as Argentina, Iceland and Croatia, the Super Eagles will hope to head into the World Cup in good shape and high spirits so as to qualify from the tough group.
Southgate has just two more opportunities to see his team in action before they jet off to Russian Federation for the World Cup. "There is always room for improvement and we want to play together as a team".
"We can know where we are and now we go back to training and try and improve". Ben STANSALL / AFP Nigeria's German manager Gernot Rohr gestures on the touchline during the worldwide friendly football match between England and Nigeria at Wembley stadium in London on June 2, 2018.
England would be content if they kick off their campaign with an identical result against Tunisia, but Southgate was quick to stress that the game was not scheduled as a direct dress rehearsal.
These are five things we learnt from that game.
Sterling never stopped running and probing but was too wasteful, chipping a good chance wide of the far post in the first half and failing to find the final delivery on occasions. The beginning was the opportunity for us to change our formation at half time.
"It was a really good test for us".
'Some slightly better decision making or quality and we would have scored more'.
"In the first half their goal came from a corner".
"Today, we played Ighalo and he was incredible upfront with his style of play".
"The front four, some of the movement and interplay, we looked a threat with plenty of pace".
England coach, Gareth Southgate, has said that his team struggled to contain the Super Eagles' halftime tactical switch.
"That was as good a half as we've had, I think", Southgate said after England's 2-1 win at Wembley in their penultimate friendly before flying to Russian Federation. "We had the ball unlike the first half when we were running after the ball".