International Friendly Report: England v Nigeria 02 June 2018

Chelsea defender Ola Aina and Bursaspor midfielder Mikel Agu will not be going to the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation after Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr omitted them from his final 23-man squad for the tournament on Sunday.

Speaking on the Super Eagles friendly match with England, Izilein said he was not disturbed with the outcome of the game.

20' FREEKICK! Young (England) is clipped by Onazi and the home side have another free-kick in a good position.

14 May was set as deadline for participating member associations to release a list of 30 players, which Nigeria also complied with.

It took them just two minutes after the restart to get their goal.

The game began positively for England as Gary Cahill headed home from a Kieran Trippier corner with less than seven minutes on the clock.

"As I always say, a team's first game will determine how far it can go at a tournament".

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

"He knows what he wants and if he feels those he picked will give him what he wants, let's wish him the best", he said.

In the the first two minutes of the second half, the Green and White men were fired up as Alex Iwobi who started a move completed the finished after Odion Ighalo's strike initially hit the upright.

Rohr said he expected midfielder Wilfred Ndidi to recover from injury in time to play against the Czech Republic in a friendly on June 6. Kept working hard, kept his focus and I think today you saw a performance that, apart from scoring a goal, he was very lively.

Iwobi's goal was Nigeria's first against England in three games while the Three Lions keep their record of not losing to an African side. So credit to him. He created quite a few chances.

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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