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England show promise with Nigeria win, Germany suffer shock loss to Austria

04 June, 2018, 02:20 | Author: Christina Hansen
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Following an inconsistent season with Tottenham and some diffident displays for England, Alli needed to cement his place in Southgate's team and, ignoring the hail of boos, he was making a convincing case.

Nigeria's hurt may be enhanced given Alli's success as a growing footballer, signing for Spurs in 2015, and eventually earning his first England senior cap against Estonia in October 2016.

First-half good, second-half not so good was a familiar refrain for England during the years when Sven-Goran Eriksson was the manager and reaching a World Cup quarter-final was deemed a failure.

"I think the pace in the team you can feel it".

The FC Crotone striker said although the game would be a tough one, he believes Nigeria has what it takes to put up a good showing against the former world champions.

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"I felt like I played well and scored a goal but more importantly there are lots of positives for the team".

But overall it was a fairly good performance from the Eagles with one more warm-up match against Czech Republic left before flying to Russian Federation for the FIFA World Cup.

"It's very exciting to play in this wonderful stadium".

It is considered one of the best worldwide kits of all time and Nigeria are going to be everyone's second favourite team at this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation because of it.

England play Costa Rica at Elland Road on Thursday before flying out to Russian Federation, where Tunisia, Panama and Belgium await in Group G.

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The goal was Nigeria's first ever against England, but they were not content to settle for just one and immediately started pushing for an equaliser as England suddenly found themselves under sustained pressure for the first time.

Nigeria: Francis Uzoho: 7; Bryan Idowu: 6; William Troost-Ekong: 6; Leon Balogun: 6; Odion Ighalo: 5; John Obi Mikel: 6; Victor Moses: 7; Shehu Abdullahi: 6; Joel Obi: 6; Ogenyi Onazi: 6; Alex Iwobi: 7. The players want to do well - you can see from how they play, the change in system to five at the back.

"We also won the ball back quickly, and played from back with good composure".

The England boss opted to start Raheem Sterling despite the Manchester City forward's late arrival to England's World Cup training camp, per Dominic Fifield at the Guardian.

But the game was little of a true test for England, who benefited from a string of first-half errors by Nigeria.

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