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

England's Gareth Southgate considered dropping Raheem Sterling amid media criticism

England's Gareth Southgate considered dropping Raheem Sterling amid media criticism

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

But Gareth Southgate's side was soon ahead returning defender Cahill rose highest to head home the resultant corner from Tripper. The squad is so young it will still be more or less intact in four years, the argument runs, so rather than burdening the players with unnecessary hope and expectation why not allow them a free hit this time in order that they might hit the ground running in Qatar.

Moses Simon has promised to be "back soon, stronger and better" after missing out on the chance to represent Nigeria at this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

England play Costa Rica at Elland Road on Thursday before flying out to Russian Federation, where Tunisia, Panama and Belgium await in Group G.

England's talisman and chief goal threat appears to be warming up for the World Cup nicely, and will be buoyed by hitting his eighth England goal in his past seven worldwide appearances.

Everyone was trying to get a sense of how close to Southgate's starting XI to face Tunisia in their opening game of the World Cup group stage this was.

The FC Crotone striker said although the game would be a tough one, he believes Nigeria has what it takes to put up a good showing against the former world champions.

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"We were deservedly two goals up in the first half".

"It was incredible to get on the pitch, that's all we work for is to be on the pitch week in, week out, and it was just really nice to get on the pitch and get the win".

Sterling drew criticism from some media outlets after it was revealed he has the image of an M16 assault rifle inked on his leg, prompting the player to reveal its meaning as a tribute to his father, who was shot dead when the Manchester City player was two years old.

"Tomorrow, we would play a big team like England, it is an important game for us". They're more compact, concede less goals.

There are so many of them, the usual scenario you experience when some coaches will say they don't have a team, some will say they are lacking in one department or another, are they native doctors?

England appeared rattled. Southgate summoned Lingard for a touchline chat and moments later Kane, Sterling and Alli were chatting animatedly on halfway.

Speaking just before kick-off, Southgate admitted he had doubts about selecting Sterling after he arrived a day late for the start of England's training camp due to a flight mix-up as he returned from holiday.

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