Eagles Lack Quality Going to Russia, Says Eguavoen

Jo Caldwell
June 4, 2018

Southgate, who was an unused substitute when England last met Nigeria at the 2002 World Cup, handed Jordan Pickford a start in goal, but the Everton goalkeeper was largely a spectator in the first half. Southgate wants to play three central midfielders, with Raheem Sterling behind Harry Kane up front, which caused people to question about how Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard would fit into the team.

"The first half we felt comfortable, moved the ball quickly and dominated but a lack of concentration early in the second half let us down".

However, Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has said Ndidi will now start against Czech Republic on Wednesday in a final warm-up game leading up to the World Cup in Russian Federation.

And Nigeria Mikel Obi, the Nigeria captain, is a big fan of England's chances in the competition, having been impressed with the squad in the match at Wembley.

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"In the second half we were slow to start and it took us a little while to adjust to them changing shape".

Immediately the England team stepped back a few feet as the Eagles matched them in midfield. "What it created was a great atmosphere behind our goal for us to defend properly and manage the game which was important". But if we don't win the first match, the question is do we have the character to come back?

Meanwhile, former Chelsea midfielder Mikel saw enough from England to feel he can back Gareth Southgate's team as potential World Cup winners.

Rohr said he expected midfielder Wilfred Ndidi to recover from injury in time to play against the Czech Republic in a friendly on June 6.

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"The first lesson is we are not ready yet".

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

"The problem we had yesterday was the formation and it was not going really right because I did a lot of running in the pitch and we are always one man extra in the defensive part of the game".

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