England prepares for World Cup with 2-1 win over Nigeria

Yolanda Curtis
June 3, 2018

Simon was initially ruled out of the World Cup by Head Coach Gernot Rohr after the player's first scan results confirmed he would be out of the tournament.

There wasn't that much wrong with how the team played but after getting a two-goal lead in a dominant first-half performance, England were much less impressive when Nigeria got back into the game in the second period. Overall the 2-1 score was fair. "There's been a question mark over whether he can convert what we see from his finishing in training into matches but this year he's done that, so it's a good moment for him".

At a tournament like the World Cup, any unique twist or attribute your side can conjure is a huge help.

The goal was Nigeria's first ever against England, but they were not content to settle for just one and immediately started pushing for an equaliser as England suddenly found themselves under sustained pressure for the first time.

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Kieran Trippier and Trent Alexander-Arnold are the contenders on the right and Danny Rose and Ashley Young on the left. Far more good situations than in recent games.

"He's in England, and struggling for his life, and we will play for him at this World Cup".

No goals though would come despite the promising spells, leaving England to walk away with the victory in their penultimate pre-World Cup warm-up showdown. Suddenly England's press was being bypassed and the offensive nature of their midfield was being exposed.

The Africans, who also head to Russian Federation later this month, pulled a goal back through Alex Iwobi shortly after the break but threatened only fleetingly for much of the game.

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Nigerian defenders William Troost-Ekong and Leon Balogun must read the game well and anticipate when the ball is to be played to Kane in order to cut off the supply and isolate the Tottenham Hotspur man.

England also have a lot of pace and energy, and while they're exciting, they may lack experience, leaders and real world-class quality.

Despite not being given the captaincy, Dier will undoubtedly be expected to act as a leader on the pitch for Gareth Southgate's side at the World Cup this summer. "I am enjoying my football and playing freely", he said. With those two setting the tone, the rest of the England side followed suit and the Three Lions were able to largely nullify Nigeria.

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