Mikel talks England friendly: Why we didn’t play well in first half

Mikel talks England friendly: Why we didn’t play well in first half

Mikel talks England friendly: Why we didn’t play well in first half

England's World Cup preparations got off to a winning start on Saturday, with the Three Lions securing a 2-1 win over Nigeria at Wembley.

Both players did not feature in the 2-1 defeat to England in a friendly affair in London on Saturday, meaning Rohr had chose to chop them from the squad before the encounter.

England have been pitted in Group G with dark horses Belgium, Tunisia, and debutants Panama but fans are sceptical about the country's chances following a disastrous 2014 campaign.

14 May was set as deadline for participating member associations to release a list of 30 players, which Nigeria also complied with. "We've got to prepare right to go as far as we can".

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However, the second half was a different story entirely, as England struggled to impose themselves on the game again after Iwobi's goal.

Sterling laid on the second goal for captain Harry Kane after Cahill had headed England in front inside seven minutes.

Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi has been named in Nigeria's 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russian Federation.

'We were deservedly two goals up in the first half.

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"But his decision making on crosses, the punch he made, his distribution and calmness to slide passes into midfield. that was really important to the way we want to play".

Former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel tried his luck from range and forced Pickford into a save with just over 20 minutes remaining, but despite Nigeria's improvement in the second half they were largely limited to such speculative efforts.

"I think the pace in the team you can feel it".

"It is to be expected but at the same time it would be nice if it was positive", Cahill said of the stories regarding England players leading into a big tournament.

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13' CHANCE! England are running riots over their visitors and Raheem Sterling run over the Eagles defence to create two quick scoring opportunities.

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