[PREVIEW] England Vs Nigeria: Man Utd’s Jesse Lingard To Start As Nigeria Prepares To Cut Squad

England coach, Gareth Southgate has confirmed that Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard is likely to get the nod to start against Nigeria in an international friendly on Saturday evening.

Lingard, 25, scored 13 times for United this season, but will face competition from Sterling, Dele Alli and club-mate Marcus Rashford to start in England’s opening World Cup game against Tunisia on Monday, 18 June.

“All of our attacking players have different attributes or strength,” Southgate said.

“Jesse is a fantastic player at recognising the space, working away from the ball – a great link between midfield and attack.”

United defender Phil Jones missed Friday’s training session to be at the birth of his daughter and will not be involved in Saturday’s game.

Meanwhile, team captain Harry Kane would be hoping to impress from the start and would be facing competition from Jamie Vardy.

Dele Alli is likely to start the game with his club mate, Eric Dier also in contention to start.

Nigeria is expected to welcome back Chelsea wing-back, Victor Moses back to the starting line-up while Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi is also expected to start alongside team captain and former Chelsea player, Mikel Obi

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