England vs Nigeria 2 - 1 June 02 2018 World Cup Friendlies

England show their strengths and weaknesses against Nigeria

The 34-year-old joined Alan Brazil on Monday's Sports Breakfast, and he gave his view on Gareth Southgate's current 23-man squad for this summer's tournament, just a few days after they won their first pre-World Cup friendly against Nigeria.

The Eagles ranked 47th team in the world is in a tough first round group that has Argentina, Croatia and Iceland.

Goals from Gary Cahill and captain Harry Kane were enough to begin preparations for Russian Federation with a win, though Alex Iwobi pulled one back for the visitors to deny England a clean sheet.

Before his first senior call-up, retired Wimbledon striker John Fashanu - who chose to represent England despite being of Nigerian descent - tried to convince Alli, who was playing for MK Dons at the time, to play for Nigeria after his own regret at not doing so.

The Africans, who also head to Russian Federation later this month, pulled a goal back shortly after the break through Alex Iwobi but only fleetingly threatened the hosts for much of the game.




Wing backs Kieran Trippier and Ashley Young added to England's attacking power.

The Three Lions took control of the game in the 39th minute when Kane drilled a shot from the edge of the penalty area and Nigeria goalkeeper Francis Uzoho allowed it to squeeze past him.

Southgate provided an insight into his likely XI for the Group G opener with Tunisia on 18 June, against Nigeria last weekend.

Though the Everton man is set to be rested for the final World Cup warm-up game against Costa Rica at Elland Road on Thursday, he is expected to continue in goal when England begin their campaign in Russian Federation.

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