England vs Nigeria (LIVE UPDATES): Eagles seek flight against Lions

Alex Iwobi fires in the rebound. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters
Alex Iwobi fires in the rebound. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters (Photo Source: Guardian UK)

The third meeting between England and Nigeria will have great repercussions for the starting lineups for both countries with the 2018 FIFA World Cup just days away.

The Nigerian team has produced two wobbly performances in their last two Grade A friendlies – a 2-0 loss to Serbia and an uninspiring 1-1 draw with Congo DR last Monday.

The Super Eagles will have their full repertoire for this encounter while the England manager, Gareth Southgate, is expected to continue his team’s familiarisation with his favoured 3-5-2 formation.

Tagged a ‘World Cup’ match by Gernot Rohr, the action begins at Wembley Stadium by 5:15pm. Stay with PREMIUM TIMES for Live Updates.


England XI: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Cahill; Trippier, Young, Dier, Alli; Lingard, Kane, Sterling

Nigeria XI: Uzoho; Shehu, Balogun, Troost-Ekong, Idowu; Onazi, Mikel, J. Obi; Moses, Iwobi, Ighalo


We are ready for the game at Wembley and the two teams have recited their national anthems


Jesse Lingard gets the game underway for England


The Nigerian supporters are booing Dele Alli every time he touches the ball – his dad was Nigerian but chose England instead


Collision… Super Eagles teammates Leon Balogun and Joel Obi hit each other as they try to nod the ball


England with the first shot at goal from a freekick but Uzoho parries for a corner


GOAL!!! England in front as Cahill nods in the ball


The hosts take the lead after just seven minutes, and it is a thumping header from Cahill.


Another corner kick for England.. Ashley Young swings it in


Shot by Raheem Sterling but Leon Balogun blocks for a corner


England dictating the pace… Nigeria yet to settle into this one


Timely block by Brian Idowu saves Nigeria from another heartache as the England attacker are just slicing through the Super Eagles defense


Another free kick for the Three Lions taken by Ashley Young but the Eagles defense take care of that


Mikel, Moses and Onazi swallowed up here… The Eagles not yet in this game so far


Pickford, the England keeper has virtually been on holiday in this game


CHANCE… Jese Lingard almost doubles the lead but Uzoho concedes a corner


Another save by Uzoho as England keep pouring on the Eagles defense


Iwobi does too much and commits a foul against Dele Alli


The Super Eagles finally stringing some passes together but the final delivery leaves much to be desired


CHANCE… Sterling takes a shot but over the bar


GOALLLLL!!!!!! Hary Kane doubles England’s lead


Uzoho does not make the best from that shot.. poor one by the Nigerian goalkeeper


Finally a real shot on target for Nigeria… Moses with a low shot but easy catch for Pickford


One minute added time at Wembley


HALFTIME: England 2-0 Nigeria


First Half Analysis: The Eagles have been poor – both tactically and physically. Ogenyi Onazi and Joel Obi – the two midfielders supposed to be the ball runners and winners have fallen flat, especially Onazi, who has been robbed of the ball on at least four occasions in that first half.

The ball has to get to Mikel and Victor Moses more. Gernot Rohr is expected to send on John Ogu and Oghenekaro Etebo for the ineffective Onazi and Joel Obi.


Second half back underway


GOALLLLL.. Iwobi pulls one back for Nigeria


The Eagles have made a couple of changes at the break, with Tyronne Ebuehi and Kenneth Omeruo replace Shehu and Leon Balogun.


Sterling goes down in the box but no penalty for England


Wasteful effort by Victor Moses as his shot goes wide


YELLOW CARD! Sterling gets a yellow card for diving, and it is the right decision.


CHANCE… Cahill with another header but this time it goes off target


Ahmed Musa comes in for Moses


Clash of knees for Walker and Ighalo


Attendance at Wembley is put at 72,000


Tyronne Ebuehi with a dashing run on the right… his cross not the best though


Danny Ross and Ruben Loftus Cheek in for for Lingard and Ashley Young


Mikel with a long-range effort but Pickford makes an easy catch


Rashford and Danny Welbeck coming in for England as Kane and Raheem Sterling leave the pitch


Another collision between two Nigerians.. Omeruo and Etebo hit each other


Rohr decides to bring in Iheanacho for Ighalo


Welbeck charging towards Nigeria’s goal but Troost Ekong makes a timely interception!


Dele Alli makes way for Fabian Delph


Four Minutes added time…


FULL TIME: England 2-1 Nigeria

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