England enjoyed a morale-boosting Wembley triumph with a 2-1 win over Nigeria in their penultimate match before heading to the World Cup in Russia.
Gareth Southgate’s side, who have one more friendly to come against Costa Rica on Thursday, begin their Group G campaign against Tunisia on June 18 and looked primed and ready on the evidence of Saturday’s energetic outing.
Great Gary Cahill Goal to make it 1-0 England 👍 pic.twitter.com/AVdYhpyT5D
— 🥇Gain With Magroo🥇 (@GainWithMagroo) June 2, 2018
Gary Cahill headed the hosts into a seventh-minute lead from Kieran Trippier’s corner, the Chelsea defender eluding all of those bedecked in Nigeria’s eye-catching colours.
After a week of being subjected to media scrutiny for his choice of tattoo and subsequent late arrival at the team’s training camp, Raheem Sterling – who was booked for diving in the second half – had a sight of glory soon after the opener, but he miscued when one-on-one.
Harry Kane’s goal earlier ……
“GOALIE DEPT” The only department am scared of pic.twitter.com/YyTQRUKILP
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Despite seeing Sterling spurn another couple of promising openings, England did double their lead before the interval when captain Harry Kane’s low drive squirmed underneath Francis Uzoho.
GOAL ! Alex Iwobi scores for Nigeria. 2-1 pic.twitter.com/7ielKlakOr
— EmanDaGoon (@EmanDaGoonn) June 2, 2018
Nigeria halved the deficit two minutes into the second half courtesy of Alex Iwobi’s cool finish after Odion Ighalo had struck the upright.
But Gernot Rohr’s men could not force their way through again and England improved their record at Wembley to just one defeat in the last 21 matches.