Gary Cahill and Harry Kane scored for England, as they defeated Nigeria 2-1 in an international friendly played at Wembley on Saturday.
Nigeria demonstrated enough on Saturday evening that they may not hurt teams. Gernot Rohr need to find what the problem is if not, they can’t be a threat in Russia to any team.
Gary Cahill opened scoring for England just after 7 minutes when Chelsea star headed Ashley Young’s corner past Francis Uzoho. Kane doubled their lead just before the break, drilling in a low effort.
Within two minutes of the re-start, Alex Iwobi had seized the ball in midfield and fed former Watford man Odion Ighalo. He muscled his way past Kyle Walker far too easily to get a shot away, the weakness of England’s back three exposed for the first time. They were saved by the post, with Pickford beaten, but no-one had tracked Iwobi, who connected with the rebound to reduce the deficit.
It was a bad 45 minutes for Nigeria, by no means a reflection of their strong qualifying.
The Eagles will take on Czech Republic in their final warm up game on June 6.