England boss Gareth Southgate hints Jordan Pickford to start in Russian Federation

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"The game will be a hard one because they parade some of the best legs in the English Premier League, but we also have guys who have played there and are still playing there, so we will put up a good fight and come out with a victory", Simy concluded.

"Our first objective is to qualify from this group".

Tim Cahill's header and Harry Kane's shot gave the Three Lions a deserved first half lead before Alex Iwobi reduced the deficit for the visitors in the 47th minute.

Nigeria play their last official friendly match against Czech Republic on June 6 before heading out to Russian Federation where they will face Croatia, Iceland and Argentina in the Group stages.

In the first half, Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard and Gary Cahill all put in impressive shifts, though Cahill was the only one of this trio to carry his performance into the second period.

Sterling had apologised to his team-mates after Southgate laid down the law but that wasn't his only issue since he joined up with England as the 23-year-old was forced to defend his new tattoo of an M16 assault rifle. "We'll have to be spot on in our preparation and performance to win". We were not ready at the beginning of the game. "After 10 minutes we got to grips with their shape and managed the game well".

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"So credit to him he has had to come over that but it is to be expected for whatever reason".

In the first half when we had chances, we can't lose our confidence because a team changed their formation'.

"I think first and foremost he has conducted himself fantastically well this week, he has managed that situation very well". He created quite a few chances.

The list came a day ahead of the official FIFA deadline of 4 June - the FIFA Council as far back as January 2017, set June 4 as the deadline for the submission of the final list of 23 players by all the 32 teams taking part in the Russian Federation tournament.

6' SAVE! Game is back on as England get a free-kick close to Nigeria's area.Trippier steps up and curls the ball around the wall but Uzoho palms it away for a corner. "With forward players there will always be moments where the ball is slightly the other side of somebody or taking somebody on isn't always going to succeed, and there were a couple of those, but in general I thought those front four played really well".

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