Mikel talks England friendly: Why we didn’t play well in first half

Diego Maradona's Argentina saw off Nigeria in 1994

Alli, who has a Nigerian father, didn't seem perturbed and he was soon celebrating when England took a seventh-minute lead. 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.

Gary Cahill believes England colleague Raheem Sterling has conducted himself "fantastically" during a hard week for the Three Lions star.

Trippier claimed the assist for England's opening goal when his corner was headed home by Gary Cahill, and Southgate said: "His quality on the ball is outstanding".

Sterling slipped after being played through on goal by Kane, while Eric Dier flashed a header just off target on 62 minutes from a Young delivery.

In the 36th minute, Nigeria got their first shot on target as Odion Ighalo shot straight at England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

12' CORNER KICK! Conceded by Leon Balogun (Nigeria).

The daze of playing at Wembley was finally off and the Super Eagles were now in control.

"And if we can unsettle the Croatians, it might go a long way in giving us confidence to prosecute other games", he said.

Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, making only his third global appearance, hardly had a save to make in the first half.

It was all Super Eagles at this point as Iwobi exerted himself more into the game from the middle.

But former midfielder Chris Waddle believes the Three Lions' performance shouldn't excite fans ahead of this month's tournament.

Ahmed Musa came on for Moses and troubled England with his pace.

As hard as they tried, Nigeria were unable to break through the defence of the home side who marshalled their lines very well.

He said the Eagles "played five at the back as well" in the second half, hence, the improved performance.

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