Gareth Southgate singles out England's attacking stars for praise after Wembley win

Tanya Simon
June 4, 2018

Despite seeing Sterling spurn another couple of promising openings, England did double their lead before the interval when captain Harry Kane's low drive squirmed underneath Francis Uzoho.

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England's midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek (L) vies with Nigeria's midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo (C) and Nigeria's defender Bryan Idowu (R) during the global friendly football match between England and Nigeria at Wembley stadium in London on June 2, 2018.

The area of the pitch subject to the most debate in recent weeks and months has been central midfield.

Nigeria's hurt may be enhanced given Alli's success as a growing footballer, signing for Spurs in 2015, and eventually earning his first England senior cap against Estonia in October 2016. "I don't really want to think about the game too much", he added. But after that we dealt with it well.

"That was as good a half as we've had, I think", Southgate said after England's 2-1 win at Wembley in their penultimate friendly before flying to Russian Federation. "After 10 minutes we got to grips with their shape and managed the game well".

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"The front four, some of the movement and interplay, we looked a threat with plenty of pace", he continued.

In the first half, Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard and Gary Cahill all put in impressive shifts, though Cahill was the only one of this trio to carry his performance into the second period.

Overall the match was a real positive for England, but the second-half display shows Southgate still has work to do if his team are to make an impact in Russian Federation.

That comes against Costa Rica - also Russia- bound - at Leeds on Thursday night. I'd be disappointed if he's not in the first team.

After Saturday's tune-up encounter against the Three Lions at Wembley, the three-time African champions wrap up preparations for the Mundial with a friendly against Czech Republic on June 6.

Their first World Cup group game is against Tunisia in Volgograd.

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