Nwankwo joins Moses, Iwobi in Nigeria's final World Cup squad

04 June, 2018, 13:09 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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Nigeria lost to England on Saturday in a top rated friendly just days before World Cup in Russian Federation.

England opened the scoring early on, after Nigeria went a man light, following Leon Balogun's clash of heads.

Let's see how it goes because none of the teams would have settled down at the start of their first game.

England have been pitted in Group G with dark horses Belgium, Tunisia, and debutants Panama but fans are sceptical about the country's chances following a disastrous 2014 campaign.

Both players were not listed in the Super Eagles one-all draw against DR Congo at the Adokie Amasiaemeka Stadium in Port Harcourt, Rivers State last week. It was really not a good game.

"I think first and foremost he has conducted himself fantastically well this week, he has managed that situation very well".

Rohr, who revealed why he did not feature the combative midfielder against the Three Lions, has affirmed that the youngster will play a part when the three-time African champions take on Karel Jarolim's men.


"It was a good win against a tough side".

Nigeria had their first glimpse of the ball in the final third when, as the clock ran down, Victor Moses and Alex Iwobi became a bit more lively on the wings but they failed to connect with the attack. England the better side in the first half and could have scored more if Sterling had converted his chances.

Following an inconsistent season with Tottenham and some diffident displays for England, Alli needed to cement his place in Southgate's team and, ignoring the hail of boos, he was making a convincing case.

England have one more warm-up game against Costa Rica next Thursday.

"A quarterfinal berth will be a good feat for us, but I am not pleased with the players we would have on the bench because we only have 13 to 14 key players, who I think can fully represent us well". That was two minutes into the second half and the Eagles finally had lifted off.

"I think the pace in the team, you can feel it, and that is why we had some problems in the first half".

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