Nigeria suffered a friendly defeat on Saturday whey they were beaten 2-1 by England at Wembley Stadium.
Gary Cahill and Harry Kane scored both goals for the Three Lions with Alex Iwobi getting the consolation for the Super Eagles.
Here are five things we learned from the game.
1. Tyrone Ebuehi proved he is ready for the big moments
The right back made a huge statement with his performance in the second half.
England netted two goals and made a lot of incursions which made Nigeria’s head coach Gernot Rohr introduce Ebuehi in the 46th minute of the game.
The 22 year old’s performance convinced many he should have even started the game.
His clearances, crosses, blockages and interceptions helped Nigeria.
2. Francis Uzoho has rubber stamped his status as No.1
Nigeria’s 2-1 loss to the Three Lions of England gave another opportunity to assess the Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper.
The 19 year old shot stopper was expected to at least prove he is ready to man Nigeria’s post as the number one. He produced six quality saves in the game. But he should have been more firm with the second goal he conceded at Wembley Stadium.
3. Alex Iwobi loves to do things the hard way:
The Arsenal forward is always known for making things better and the international friendly against England was no exception of such.
He was always making positive incursions and scored Eagles’ only goal.
Iwobi dinked a lovely ball through for Odion Ighalo, who wrapped his foot around the ball and fired his effort against the post with Jordan Pickford beaten. There was an element of luck in that the ball bounced back straight out to Iwobi, who followed in and swept home the rebound.
4. Rohr must axe some of his untouchables
Nigeria faced England but looked ordinary in the first half. They played like amateurs and looked beleaguered. The performance of Joel Obi, and Onazi Ogenyi leaves much to be desired. John Ogu, Oghenekaro Etebo, Kenneth Omeruo and Tyrone Ebuehi offered different flavour when they came on in the second stanza.
The defeat has indicated that Rohr must focus on building a strong team for Nigeria going forward.
5. Switching formation
Pundits believe that 3-5-2 is a formation that doesn’t suit the playing chemistry of the Super Eagles. But it has worked perfectly in games against Argentina and England. The balance that the system gives to the team is what makes it tempting. Will Rohr ditch his favoured 4-2-1-3 for the high pressing 3-5-2? Time will tell.
Furthermore, Saturday’s friendly was the best opportunity for the Super Eagles to equalize the head to head but they failed to do that.
The game was so important to England despite it being a friendly.
The next game between the two teams whether competitive or friendly will still be very important and crunchy.