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04 June 2018
Onazi 'crucified' on Twitter as Super Eagles lose to England

They are likely to play in front of Jordan Pickford after Southgate said he made a "statement" by starting the Everton keeper on Saturday.

Jordan Pickford's appearance in a near full-strength starting XI suggested he will travel as number one ahead of Jack Butland, while Kieran Trippier hinted his dead ball skills could be a secret weapon in Russian Federation - but Southgate's concerns may now be over his creative axis.

Gary Cahill headed England ahead in the early stages, before Harry Kane netted later in the first period.

"It was a great occasion for myself to go over there and see them play live and the atmosphere", Maguire said. We were excellent in the first half and created a lot of chances.

Yet this provides more questions than answers and having churned out a solid showing against Nigeria, Butland will need to make sure he doesn't put a foot wrong if he, as expected, starts against Costa Rica in midweek, with Pickford at present perhaps the favourite to get the nod from Southgate in Russian Federation.

Both of England's opponents have qualified for the World Cup and their differing styles will offer Southgate a glimpse at how his players will cope with the varied approaches they will face in Russian Federation.

Manchester United defender Phil Jones is expected to be the only player unavailable against Nigeria, after he left the team camp to attend the birth of his child.

"If they produce it for England in a World Cup tournament, it will really bring their career to another level".

England found the going tougher in the second half against an improved Nigeria but held on for victory in their penultimate friendly before the World Cup.

Frank Ilaboya, Chairman of the Edo State Football Association has urged Nigerians not to be discouraged over the country's defeat to England at a friendly match played at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. "There is real competition for places in certain areas of the pitch".

But, the England manager insisted his player's adjusted to the new formation and were unlucky not to score more goals.

"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".

England appeared rattled. Southgate summoned Lingard for a touchline chat and moments later Kane, Sterling and Alli were chatting animatedly on halfway.

Alex Iwobi reduced the deficit for Nigeria, who came close to equalising after exposing the flaws in Southgate's three-man defence by repeatedly attacking down the flanks.

Nigeria's World Cup kit has captured the attention of football fans across the globe following its official release on Friday.