England's Dele Alli booed by Nigeria fans at Wembley

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Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr has picked his final 23 players who will lead Nigeria at the this year World Cup in Russian Federation.

England have been pitted in Group G with dark horses Belgium, Tunisia, and debutants Panama but fans are sceptical about the country's chances following a disastrous 2014 campaign.

"We need him (Ndidi) but we had a protocol from Leicester and my friend Claude Puel, who gave me very good information with the medical team", Leicestershire Live quoted the 64-year-old as saying on Sunday. "Far more good situations than in recent games", he said.

But the visitors made their changes in the second-half and made a game of it.

It's hard to read too much into worldwide friendlies, but Gareth Southgate's side looked like World Cup contenders in the first half. In the period leading up to their goal they changed their system and it took us a little while to figure out how to deal with that. "I thought we used the ball well and were a threat going forward", said Southgate. "After 10 minutes we got to grips with their shape and managed the game well".

England recalled Gary Cahill to defence and newly-appointed captain Harry Kane to attack against the Nigerians.




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.

"We tried to match them, that's what we did and we played better, we created chances and we scored the goal".

The England camp may be in high spirits after their narrow victory.

"It was a great header and we have been working on set-plays".

After facing Nigeria, England go up against Costa Rica at Elland Road on Thursday - their final official warm up match before travelling to Russian Federation.

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