England claims World Cup warmup win over Nigeria

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Their manager Gernot Rohr also knows they have a friendly against the Czech Republic on Wednesday, but their captain John Obi Mikel, Wilfred Ndidi, Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho will be among those expected to start.

Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel admits his side have to improve quickly if they are to make an impact at the World Cup.

Arsenal's Alex Iwobi pulled one back for the visitors, who are also World Cup-bound, but England did enough to secure the victory.

Mikel knows Nigeria have to sharpen up in Russian Federation if they to get through a tough group featuring Argentina, Iceland and Croatia.

"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 Russian Federation", he added.

But the Nigeria boss blamed their slow start on fatigue caused by a hard journey to England and rain that stopped them training the day before the match.

"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".

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"We couldn't train on Friday because of rain, the pitch wasn't good".

The winger also attracted negative attention for arriving late to join England's training camp due to a mix-up with his flights, although Southgate explained he had already received an apology.

"In the first half our usual formation didn't work".

"He's in England, and struggling for his life, and we will play for him at this World Cup".

England lacked the zip from the early stages in the second half as regular substitutions broke up the rhythm of the game, with Danny Rose, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Marcus Rashford, Fabian Delph and Danny Welbeck all appearing from the bench. The players want to do well - you can see from how they play, the change in system to five at the back. This is a World Cup match for us.

England relied on goals from Gary Cahill and Harry Kane before slackening in the second half to beat Nigeria 2-1 in a World Cup warm-up at Wembley yesterday. "That was as good a half as we've had I think".

"We will try to play with our best team", said the 64-year-old Rohr, from Germany. I thought it was an excellent performance with the ball - really good movement and interchange between the front four.

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