England 2 Nigeria 1

Lawrence Cooper
June 3, 2018

Three Lions defender Gary Cahill headed the side ahead before Harry Kane doubled England's lead with a deflected strike.

The England boss opted to start Raheem Sterling despite the Manchester City forward's late arrival to England's World Cup training camp, per Dominic Fifield at the Guardian.

On the storm of criticism that has come his way from certain quarters for his choice of body art, Sterling added: "People will see stuff in the wrong way, but I'm just looking to get over it and just concentrate on football".

"I think they have a very good chance of going all the way because the youthfulness and energy in this team. you can feel it", he said.

Southgate was not happy with Sterling's time-keeping, and said after the game on Saturday that he might have left him out of his starting XI.

A gun tattoo on Sterling's right leg became the subject of national debate over the past week, leading Southgate to throw a protective arm around the 23-year-old, who started the 2-1 win at Wembley.

England made a sharp start to the match, but their first opening arrived in controversial fashion when the referee refused to stop play after two Nigerian players had clashed heads, instead awarding England a free kick in a good position seconds later.

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The official home and away strips for Russian Federation 2018 reportedly sold out within three minutes of going on sale on Nike's online store on Friday, while people were seen queuing outside a flagship Oxford Street shop in London. But his decision-making on crosses, his distribution and calmness to slide passes into midfield. that was really important to the way we want to play.

However, on 1 October of that year, he was included in Roy Hodgson's England squad for the final UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying matches against Estonia and Lithuania. Dele [Alli] and Jesse [Lingard] made unselfish runs.

Sterling went close to scoring in the first half but was later booked for diving.

"It could have gone against us for a brief spell, but we got through that period, got our composure and still caused problems with the ball".

However, the second half was a different story entirely, as England struggled to impose themselves on the game again after Iwobi's goal.

"It won't necessarily be that the team that played today will play Tunisia but it won't be far away". How long do we go on with something?

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