World Cup places up for grabs says England boss Southgate

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Speaking at the end of the match, England Manager, Gareth Southgate said "I think we played really well than in recent games".

England took the lead inside seven minutes courtesy of Gary Cahill's headed effort and Kane doubled the advantage before the break, when modest goalkeeping allowed him to hit the net for the sixth time in five appearances with the armband.

GARETH SOUTHGATE was reasonably satisfied with his England sides toil as a rugged Nigeria side were edged out by two goals to one in a competitive FIFA World Cup warm-up match at Wembley Stadium.

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.

The 17-year-old Pele announced his arrival on football's main stage with a breathtaking strike in his nation's 5-2 final win over hosts Sweden.

The Super Eagles began the second half with four substitutes that saw the introduction ofd Tyrone Ebuehi, John Ogu, Oghenekaro Etebo and Kelechi Iheanacho, and that brought a lot of spark to the Nigerian side.

Nigerian fans are coming to terms with a loss to England in a friendly game at the Wembley on Saturday, just a day after their "beautiful" jersey was the hottest sports story in the world.

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Wing backs Kieran Trippier and Ashley Young added to England's attacking power. No one should blame Onigbinde for the players that were not picked, I challenge anyone who says that.

Kane scored England's second goal with a fine finish and linked play with confidence in the final third. And it is not as if England were at their dazzling best.

Alli was born in, and lived in England his whole life - hence his decision to the play for the three Lions at worldwide level, unlike the likes of Alex Iwobi and Victor Moses.

Gary Cahill had probably his worst season since joining Chelsea in 2017/18.

Gareth Southgate will likely field either Jordan Pickford or Jack Butland as his number one in Russian Federation this summer with Nick Pope third choice for the Three Lions.

Sterling seems certain start in England's opening World Cup game against Tunisia, and Southgate intimated that he already knows most of the team that will play in Volgograd.