Nigeria must improve before World Cup admits Mikel

Gareth Southgate England Nigeria

Nigeria was looking for a second goal right until the final whistle with England working hard to see out the match, but ultimately it was the hosts who claimed a hard-fought win in preparation for the upcoming World Cup in Russian Federation.

"I liked the interchange of movement and the passing between our front four".

"We were deservedly two goals up in the first half".

While the Lions head to Leeds to play Costa Rica on Thursday in their final match ahead of the World Cup, the Super Eagles tackle Czech Republic in Vienna on Wednesdsay.

Nigeria's World Cup Preparation continued with a loss to the English squad at Wembley.

The period leading up to their goal, they changed their system and we took some time to adjust.

Meanwhile, Lagos-born Iwobi and London-born Aina chose Nigeria for senior global football but they played alongside Alli for England's youth teams and it's this familiarity they're looking to tap into to put the Tottenham Hotspur star off his game at Wembley.

Gareth Southgate has praised England's impressive first-half performance in their 2-1 friendly win over Nigeria on Saturday afternoon.

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Nigeria were much improved after the break, and got one back on 47 minutes, with Iwobi firing home after Odion Ighalo's effort came back off the post.

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

"So credit to him he has had to come over that but it is to be expected for whatever reason".

This was the famous Wembley, where some of the most iconic football memories were made and there, were Nigerian players, living the dream they never thought will become reality. We were excellent in the first half and created a lot of chances.

With the second half in consideration, Super Eagles remarkable improvements under Rohr continues.

"I was really pleased with the first half".

England face Costa Rica at Elland Road in Leeds on Thursday before jetting off to Russian Federation to let the real preparations commence.

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