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

Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr is considering dropping the duo of Onazi Ogenyi and Joel Obi from the squad that will face the Czech Republic in an global friendly on Wednesday. We pressed in a lot, we keep the ball in play like we did and if we play like that in the World Cup we know we can do better.

"I wouldn't necessarily say that team that started today is the team that starts against Tunisia but clearly it wouldn't be far away", Southgate said.

New Brighton & Hove Albion signing Leon Balogun makes the cut, while Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel, now plying his trade in China with Tianjin Teda, will captain the Super Eagles in Russian Federation.

Manager Gareth Southgate kept faith in the 23-year-old and started him against Nigeria.

Gary Cahill brilliantly headed the home side in front and Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane doubled their lead with a deflected shot just outside the box.

Nigeria scored early in the second half in part thanks to England dropping back, and Wright said that was a "worrying" sign heading into the finals in Russian Federation.

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"The first half we felt comfortable, moved the ball quickly and dominated but a lack of concentration early in the second half let us down".

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.

Arsenal's Alex Iwobi gave Nigeria's thousands of fans inside Wembley hope two minutes after the break with a crisp finish but England - who had Raheem Sterling booked for diving - closed out the victory in relatively untroubled fashion. "I think the England team have a good chance".

He said: "It is to be expected but at the same time it would be nice if it was positive".

"He can be very pleased with his performance".

"For some reason, not a lot of us or not a lot of us believe in it".

  • Lawrence Cooper