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Lionel Messi scoring a free-kick against Nigeria for Argentina in the 2014 World Cup

Lionel Messi scoring a free-kick against Nigeria for Argentina in the 2014 World Cup

Nigeria continued their preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a 2-1 loss to England at Wembley Stadium in a friendly global on Saturday evening.

In the aftermath of the Super Eagles' 1-2 loss to England, captain John Mikel Obi has analysed his team's performance.

Maybe that was why they were lethargic at first, looking dazed as England players zipped the ball around.

14 May was set as deadline for participating member associations to release a list of 30 players, which Nigeria also complied with.

Nigeria's hurt may be enhanced given Alli's success as a growing footballer, signing for Spurs in 2015, and eventually earning his first England senior cap against Estonia in October 2016.

England made a sharp start to the match, but their first opening arrived in controversial fashion when the referee refused to stop play after two Nigerian players had clashed heads, instead awarding England a free kick in a good position seconds later.

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England found the going tougher in the second half against an improved Nigeria but held on for victory in their penultimate friendly before the World Cup.

'The front four, some of the movement and interplay, we looked a threat with plenty of pace.

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Sterling was headline news for the wrong reasons as England's preparations for the World Cup were dealt a double blow.

Rohr said he expected midfielder Wilfred Ndidi to recover from injury in time to play against the Czech Republic in a friendly on June 6. He has kept working hard, kept his focus and I think you saw a performance that, apart from scoring a goal, he was very lively. "I think the England team have a good chance". So credit to him.

"In the second half we played five at the back as well that's what we did and we played much better, we created chances and we scored a goal".



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