England show promise with Nigeria win, Germany suffer shock loss to Austria

Clyde Nash
June 4, 2018

Nigerian fans are coming to terms with a loss to England in a friendly game at the Wembley on Saturday, just a day after their "beautiful" jersey was the hottest sports story in the world.

However, Rohr noted that he would name a strong side against Gareth Southgate's men.

With the return of Victor Moses to the side and Mikel Obi set to start, the team is nearly at full strength with only Leicester City midfield destroyer Wilfred Ndidi missing.

"But at this point in time it's all about positives vibes from our side and we're looking at the World Cup as a big test for us".

"It is important for us not to think we can win the World Cup", Rohr said.

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"You don't come to spectate but at the same time you are part of the team, it is about taking the opportunity and I tried my best to take it", he added. Ben STANSALL / AFP Italian referee Marco Guida shows a yellow card to Nigeria's striker Ahmed Musa (2nd L) after a foul on England's midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek (C) during the worldwide friendly football match between England and Nigeria at Wembley stadium in London on June 2, 2018.

England beat Nigeria 2-1 in a friendly.

England will face Costa Rica at Elland Road on Thursday for their final warm-up match before getting their World Cup campaign underway.

"Now, we are trying to play other systems and I think we are going to get much better".

Summarising the match, Southgate said: "Firstly, yes, really pleased with the first half".

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"And, yeah, I feel I learned from the things I did before, but it's not something I worry about at all".

"It was fantastic to get on the pitch, that's all we work for is to be on the pitch week in, week out, and it was just really nice to get on the pitch and get the win".

It is considered one of the best worldwide kits of all time and Nigeria are going to be everyone's second favourite team at this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation because of it.

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

Sterling's finishing vastly improved at Manchester City in the previous year but it remains to be seen if that is natural development or the fact Pep Guardiola's side created so many chances to begin with.

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England should have won easily, they should have been three of four goals up during that first period but they showed familiar failings: a lack of ruthlessness in front of goal and, just as crucially, a lack of game-management when Nigeria did finally turn up and upped the tempo themselves.

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