Published: Sun, June 03, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

England win while Germans lose again

England win while Germans lose again

Cahill opened the scoring for England after heading in the resulting corner played by Trippier.

He dominated headlines and the build-up to the friendly after he was pictured sporting a tattoo of a gun on his leg and revelations about his late arrival for England's pre-World Cup training camp when they assembled earlier this month.

England's win ensured its unbeaten run is now at eight games, reaching back to its loss in France back in June past year.

Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane believes that recent media criticism of Manchester City winger and England teammate Raheem Sterling has been "completely unfair".

Overall the match was a real positive for England, but the second-half display shows Southgate still has work to do if his team are to make an impact in Russian Federation. "We've reassured him - that's what friends are for, that's what team-mates are for", he said.

Cahill's goal against Nigeria again showed how unsafe he can be in the opposition box, and perhaps it's Stones who could miss out on a place in the starting XI rather than the Chelsea man should Southgate bring in Leicester's Harry Maguire (5/4). "This year they have a nice team - young - and I expect England to do better than at the last World Cup".

"I had a decision about whether to play him when he turned up late, but once he started coming under fire from all directions it wasn't a hard decision".

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England boss Southgate said: "There was a bit of a statement with the selection of Jordan". The most important thing I do in the next six weeks is protect the players. Some of our players weren't fit and England put the pressure on us.

"People will see stuff in the wrong way", he told broadcaster ITV.

"It won't necessarily be that the team that played today will play Tunisia but it won't be far away".

ESPN's Alison Bender gets the thoughts of England fans outside Wembley on how deep a run the Three Lions can make in the World Cup. If we can combine those together in the ideal way then we can go far.

The Super Eagles needed a second-half response and quickly delivered after a change of shape to match their opponents, Iwobi side-footing in after Ighalo's shot came back off the post.

Nigeria did have one final sight of goal on the stroke of half time when Victor Moses worked space to shoot, but again it was straightforward for Pickford and England went into the break with a comfortable lead.

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