England will face Nigeria's strongest side at Wembley


Gareth Southgate will begin the process of fine-tuning his World Cup starting line-up when England host Nigeria in Saturday's friendly at Wembley.

Attempt blocked! Brian Idowu (Nigeria) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Pickford's vision was then blocked as Iwobi stepped up to half the deficit in the early exchanges of the second half.

Kieran Trippier's free-kick forced a fine save from Francis Uzoho and from the resulting corner England pounced.

The Eagles take on The Three Lions of England with the hope of becoming the first African team to beat them.

However, Moses requested for a further scan in the United Kingdom, with Rohr granting him his wish to prove his fitness ahead of the world cup. "Nigeria are playing at 30-40%".

Dele Alli was subjected to jeers from the large contingent of Nigeria supporters, who recalled his decision to snub their country in favour of representing England.

The Africans, who also head to Russian Federation later this month, pulled a goal back through Alex Iwobi shortly after the break but threatened only fleetingly for much of the game.

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It will be intriguing to see how the Manchester City man - and indeed, the rest of the defensive unit - cope when Nigeria's wealth of attacking talent can exert some pressure on them.

This mirrored their comeback against Argentina a year ago, where after going 2-0 down at half-time, they made a raft of changes and blitzed the Albiceleste with four goals, winning 4-2.

The video showed Jamie Vardy, along with midfielders Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones, acting as raiders (or attackers) while Raheem Sterling, Danny Rose and Ashley Young played the role of defenders. He asked for a great atmosphere - he got one and some of his players froze in the lights of Wembley.

Substitutes: Tyronne Ebuehi (for Shehu, 45mins): 6; Kenneth Omeruo (for Balogun, 45mins): 6; Oghenekaro Etebo (for Onazi, 45mins): 5; John Ogu (for Obi, 45mins): 6; Ahmed Musa (for Moses, 63mins): 6; Kelechi Iheanacho (for Ighalo, 77mins): 5.

Pickford; Walker, Stones, Cahill; Trippier, Lingard, Dier, Alli, Young; Sterling; Kane.

With the Super Eagles squad whittled to 25-men after it was confirmed Simon Moses has been ruled out of the World Cup, Gernot Rohr will test the strength of his squad against the Three Lions.