England's Dele Alli booed by Nigeria fans at Wembley

Victor Moses

Balogun made a crucial clearance for Nigeria as England nearly scored the second goal of the night.

First-half good, second-half not so good was a familiar refrain for England during the years when Sven-Goran Eriksson was the manager and reaching a World Cup quarter-final was deemed a failure.

While some observers believe the 25-year-old is competing for the same spot in the England side as Tottenham's Alli, Southgate says that isn't the case. In the game against Congo, we didn't play our best team, but we will change things against England and play our best players.

Placed in the same group as Argentina, Iceland and Croatia, the Super Eagles will hope to head into the World Cup in good shape and high spirits so as to qualify from the tough group. "Jesse is a fantastic player at recognising the space, working away from the ball, a great link between midfield and attack", he said.

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.

Southgate still has time to work on those tactical issues as England have one more friendly - against Costa Rica in Leeds on Thursday - before they fly to Russian Federation for their Group G opener against Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18.

With the return of Victor Moses to the side and Mikel Obi set to start, the team is nearly at full strength with only Leicester City midfield destroyer Wilfred Ndidi missing.

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He scored nine Premier League goals in 2017-18, half the amount he managed in the previous campaign.

Raheem Sterling was chosen to start for England after it was revealed the Manchester City forward arrived late for Southgate's pre-World Cup training camp when the squad assembled last month.

"We played football like we wanted to play".

"We need time to train well together".

England dominated the opening 45 minutes, with Gary Cahill and Harry Kane netting the goals, before an early second half strike from Alex Iwobi made it a harder task for the hosts.

"We are a very young team and we have to learn, it is good for this young team to have a taste of what we are going to face in Russia", Mikel said. Nigeria's next game is against the Czech Republic in Austria before they depart for Russian Federation.

I like this type of player - every time he gets the ball you can expect something different.

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