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

Posted June 04, 2018

"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.

Much media attention in England has been focused on forward Raheem Sterling's new tattoo which features an assault rifle and which was described as "disgusting" by anti-gun campaigners.

England showed their two faces against Nigeria by dominating and keeping possession in the first half but then after the break they struggled at the back as they allowed the opposition to take the game to them and put in risk their victory.

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"We also won the ball back really quickly, and I thought we played from the back with good composure".

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England beat Nigeria 2-1 in a friendly on Saturday that provided some clues as to how coach Gareth Southgate will line up his still experimental side when the World Cup gets underway in two weeks' time.

Nigeria skipper John Obi Mikel, meanwhile, believes England's pace and energy can carry them to the semi-finals.

"It's very exciting to play in this wonderful stadium".

The Manchester City star delivered a lively display in his side's 2-1 World Cup warm-up win, although he was booked in the second half for diving.

Young goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho, seems to be the favourite after the team's last three games against Poland, Serbia and DR Congo but Rohr insisted that the position was still up for grabs.

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Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr may have read the match very well after the first half and he responded by making the right substitutions that fortified the team.

And critics have been raving over the play of England's youngsters in recent months. "So that was as good a half as we've had". "I expect him to have a great World Cup and be a top, top player".

Roy Hodgson led England into Ground D, however, defeats to Italy and Uruguay condemned the team to a rock bottom finish in the group before a 0-0 stalemate with surprise group winners Costa Rica, the worst World Cup performance from an England side since 1958.

But the game was little of a true test for England, who benefited from a string of first-half errors by Nigeria.

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