2-1! England Vs Nigeria In World Cup Warm-up At Wembley

by Samuel Abasi Last updated on June 3rd, 2018,

London, England: England beat Nigeria 2-1 in a friendly at Wembley stadium on Saturday evening – benefiting from a string of first half errors by Nigeria – as both sides prepare for the FIFA World Cup which gets underway in Russia in two weeks’ time.

Chelsea skipper Gary Cahill opened the scoring for England after just seven minutes, powering home a trademark header after escaping the attentions of former Blue, John Mikel Obi, to meet a Kieran Trippier corner.

Harry Kane doubled the lead midway through the half before Arsenal man, Alex Iwobi, pulled one back for Nigeria in the second-half.

The Three Lions took control of the game in the 39th minute when Kane drilled a shot from the edge of the penalty area and Nigeria goalkeeper Francis Uzoho allowed it to squeeze past him.

Super Eagles’ attacker Alex Iwobi made history as he became the first Nigeria player to score against England. Alex Iwobi took his chance calmly after Odion Igahlo s initial shot came back off the woodwork and steered it into the corner.

It was also the first time England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford had conceded since the World Cup qualifier against Slovakia in September, but the hosts managed to keep the Super Eagles at bay thereafter.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will need to improve when they take on Croatia, Iceland and Argentina in Group D in Russia.

Nigeria, which was held by Congo on Monday, plays the Czech Republic in Austria on Wednesday, the last of their warm-up games before the World Cup in Russia starts on 14 June.

Gareth Southgate’s side opens its campaign in Russia against Tunisia on June 18, with another game against Costa Rica on Thursday.

Gernot Rohr is expected to name his final 23-man Super Eagles squad next week.

Nigeria, who were knocked out in the last 16 in 2014, face Croatia on 16 June, Iceland on 22 June and Argentina on 26 June.

UPDATE: Nigeria Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has released the final list of 23 players who will play at the FIFA Russia World Cup, which begins on 14 June. The list was released only hours after the London friendly.

Missing in the list are Ola Aina and Mikel Agu, who were part of the 25-man Eagles squad that went to London for the friendly with the England team at Wembley.

The list came a day ahead of the official FIFA deadline of 4 June.

The FIFA Council as far back as January 2017, set June 4 as the deadline for the submission of the final list of 23 players by all the 32 teams taking part in the Russia tournament.14 May was set as deadline for participating member associations to release a list of 30 players, which Nigeria also complied with.

Super Eagles Final 23 Man List

Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United).

Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor), Tyronne Ebuehi (Den Haag), Elderson Echiejile (Brugge), Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm), Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes), William Ekong (Bursaspor), Leon Balogun (Brighton), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa).

Midfielders: John Obi Mikel (Tianjin TEDA) Captain, Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester), Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas), John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva), Joel Obi (Torino).

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester), Victor Moses (Chelsea), Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone).

Goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa is the only squad member who plays for a Nigerian club after fellow ’keeper Dele Ajiboye and the Nigerian league’s top scorer Junior Lokosa were both cut from the provisional squad.

Nigeria traveled Sunday to a training camp in Austria after its 2-1 friendly loss to England in London on Saturday. The Nigerians’ final World Cup warmup is against the Czech Republic on Wednesday.

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