Super Eagles of Nigeria are down 2-0 to England in an international friendly match at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
After tonight’s match, Rohr’s side will then take on Czech Republic in Austria on Wednesday to finalise their preparations, before heading out to Russia and getting their campaign underway in two weeks’ time.
The Nigerian supporters booed Dele Alli every time he touched the ball – his dad was Nigerian and he was able to play for them, but chose England instead and the fans had not forgiven or forgotten that.
England got forward down the left flank for the first time with Alli finding some space, but his low cross into the box was poor and easily cleared.
Poor refereeing resulted in the opener as two Brian Idowu and Leon Balogun clashed heads inside their own area – and it looked like a painful one. Jesse Lingard was calling for the referee to stop play, but he waited until England won a free kick before calling on the medics.
Just what England would have wanted! The hosts took the lead after just seven minutes, and it was a thumping header from Gary Cahill. The corner – won from the free kick which shouldn’t have been given was delivered into the middle and Cahill lost his marker before putting a brilliant header right into the top corner.
It was a dream start for England. Another decent move saw the ball slipped into the path of Sterling, who dipped inside but saw his effort deflected wide.
The resultant corner again caused problems as this time it was played short to Ashley Young, who put it into the box. The Francis Uzoho parried it back out into a dangerous area, but John Stones just couldn’t react in time to turn it goalwards and eventually the keeper gathered.
Nigeria just couldn’t get into this tie, with England swarming all over them and really pushing for a second goal.
That second goal did not seem too far away from England. Victor Moses gave the ball away which sent Raheem Sterling darting off, and he exchanged passes with Harry Kane before racing through. He was forced just too far wide to go for goal, but he exchanged passes with Young to instead set the wing-back up, and he was denied from close range by a fine last-ditch Brian Idowu block.
In the 37th minute, goalkeeper Pickford was called into action for the first time this evening as Odion Ighalo tried his luck from a tight angle, but the Everton keeper was never going to be beaten from there.
England finally doubled their advantage as Kane blasted his finish through the keeper! It was poor from Nigeria as they gave the ball away just inside their own half, allowing Eric Dier to launch a counter-attack. He gave it to his Spurs teammate Kane, who exchanged passes with Sterling before drilling his finish in from the edge of the box. Uzoho should have done better.
It was almost a quick response from Nigeria as Ighalo looked to be through down the middle, but the ball was just too long for him and Pickford gathered it.
Nigeria didn’t many sights of goal in this first half, but here was another as Moses turned before firing a low strike in which Pickford needed to gather.