Troubled Sterling booked for diving as England down Nigeria

Posted June 04, 2018

Wilfred Ndidi did not feature against England at Wembley because the Super Eagles have an agreement with the midfielder's Premier League club Leicester City.

Jordan Pickford was named England goalkeeper for the match and looks to be Southgate's first choice going into the World Cup, ahead of Jack Butland and Nick Pope.

Following an inconsistent season with Tottenham and some diffident displays for England, Alli needed to cement his place in Southgate's team and, ignoring the hail of boos, he was making a convincing case.

Captain Mikel prepares for his second World Cup and will anchor the midfield with support from Ogenyi Onazi, recuperating Wilfred Ndidi, John Ogu, Oghenekaro Etebo and Joel Obi.

Manager Gareth Southgate kept faith in the 23-year-old and started him against Nigeria.

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".

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has released the final list of 23 players who will play at the FIFA Russia World Cup, which begins on 14 June.

The visitors came flying out of the bocks after half time and halved the deficit within two minutes of the restart when Ighalo's effort came back off the post and bounced to the feet of Arsenal's Iwobi, who swept the rebound home.

Sterling was headline news for the wrong reasons as England's preparations for the World Cup were dealt a double blow. He has kept working hard, kept his focus and I think you saw a performance that, apart from scoring a goal, he was very lively.

"I don't think we got a lot of answers today though because Nigeria just lied down in the first period and let England do what they want".

"In the second half we played five at the back as well that's what we did and we played much better, we created chances and we scored a goal".