England will face Nigeria's strongest side at Wembley

"I thought he [Raheem Sterling] played well".

Sterling had apologised to his team-mates after Southgate laid down the law but that wasn't his only issue since he joined up with England as the 23-year-old was forced to defend his new tattoo of an M16 assault rifle.

"I think they have a very good chance of going all the way because the youthfulness and energy in this team. you can feel it", he said.

While England have perhaps had a team capable of winning major tournaments in the past, the same can not be said about the current side.

"Some slightly better decision-making or quality in the final third and we would have scored more".

First-half goals from Gary Cahill and captain Harry Kane helped England to victory, and Nigerians on social media shared their frustrations with the team that will be taking on on Lionel Messi's Argentina, Croatia and Iceland at the World Cup.

'We don't want to do that.

Southgate has yet to settle on his preferred starting team and fielded Jesse Lingard alongside fellow attacking midfielder Dele Alli on Saturday, providing England with pace and creativity that led to a string of first-half chances.


"I've told the players what we're looking for in these two matches and haven't told them the team yet".

"In the second half we were slow to start and it took us a little while to adjust to them changing shape. I thought we used the ball well and were a threat going forward", said Southgate.

"In the second half we corrected some mistakes and played a lot better. What it created was a great atmosphere behind our goal for us to defend properly and manage the game which was important".

"It's a distraction you don't need, but it's one of those I've learnt to deal with and block it out".

"So credit to him he has had to come over that but it is to be expected for whatever reason".

Nigeria like England has qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, where they will play Croatia, Iceland, and Argentina.

But Sterling couldn't stay out of trouble and was booked for an embarrassingly clear dive in a failed attempt to win a second-half penalty.

Although a regular call-up under Rohr, Agu has made just three appearances for the Super Eagles during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

  • Steve Townsend