Nigerians boo Dele Alli but home fans spurred on

Kristopher Nichols
June 3, 2018

Such belief from the captain ought to inspire Southgate's side in Russian Federation.

As it was they were allowed to go in search of a second, with Sterling heavily involved. Our first glimpse at whether England might be able to go all the way at this summer's World Cup, or confirmation that we'll be crashing out to the likes of Tunisia in no time at all.

It is the first of two sets of friendlies, with Gareth Southgate's English football team also scheduled to play against Costa Rica at a Leeds' football stadium in five days time.

Alli has shown he has the class to flourish and be a World Cup asset for Southgate and England.

England Manager, Gareth Southgate's having named his provisional 23-man squad for this summer's finals in Russian Federation, will be under pressure to impress in England's final home game at the national stadium before the tournament.

It was a dream start for the Three Lions, who oozed astounding confidence throughout the first half, finding plenty of space to penetrate the Nigerians in all compartments.

Spare a thought for number 24 in the England squad.

West Germany captain Matthaus led by example in his side's 4-1 opening win over Yugoslavia, charging goalwards from his own half before slamming a right-footed shot past Tomislav Ivkovic.

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"There is a real competition for places in every position", said Southgate.

That the goal came from Trippier's corner suggests Southgate is expecting a lot from the talented Spurs defender, certainly more than just mere defending.

"The team we picked today, my experience of the weeks leading into a tournament and then the first couple of games of the tournament - is that it will evolve because of different things".

When we were preparing for the World Cup, on paper Ike Shorunmu was the best because he played his football in Europe, but in reality we actually had a better Vincent Enyeama.

It was certainly an introduction to remember for Nigeria's raw teenage keeper Uzoho who emerged as the No1 choice after Carl Ikeme had to stop playing after being stricken with cancer.

While some may have expected Kane to be the most advanced striker, the Tottenham star instead looked to drop deep and leave Sterling as the furthest man forward with Jesse Lingard and Dele Alli making runs behind the strike pair as and when required.

Southgate will hope it was simply end of season cobwebs at the conclusion of a hard week where he has been in the headlines for sporting a tattoo of a gun on his leg and when it emerged he was late joining up with England earlier this month.

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