Gareth Southgate hints Jordan Pickford could be England's World Cup No 1

Gareth Southgate hints Jordan Pickford could be England's World Cup No 1

The Super Eagles lost 2-1 to England in their penultimate friendly encounter before heading out for Russian Federation.

"He can be very pleased with his performance".

Nigeria was looking for a second goal right until the final whistle with England working hard to see out the match, but ultimately it was the hosts who claimed a hard-fought win in preparation for the upcoming World Cup in Russian Federation.

The 32-year-old said on ITV: "If you have the opportunity to play you can show what you do at club level, and I finished the season strongly so I am glad to be in the squad".

And they got their reward after just seven minutes when Gary Cahill powered in a header from Kieran Trippier's corner.

'We don't want to do that.

"I think the pace in the team, you can feel it, and that is why we had some problems in the first half". It might be a friendly but Gareth Southgate and fans nationwide will be hoping for a win and a convincing performance.

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But, the England manager insisted his player's adjusted to the new formation and were unlucky not to score more goals.

In the the first two minutes of the second half, the Green and White men were fired up as Alex Iwobi who started a move completed the finished after Odion Ighalo's strike initially hit the upright.

England started brightly with Nigeria displaying some early nerves. So maybe they r going to win it this time! But after that we dealt with it well. It was a decent exercise for us to adjust to that.

"So, we have to continue to play like this".

Shortly after, another chance fell to the hosts when Jesse Lingard tried to beat Francis Uzoho at his near post but the latter made a timeous block to keep him out.

"Even though Arsenal and Tottenham have this rivalry, he is a good friend and I know he is a good person but if we do have one against them I will let him know for sure", Iwobi told KweséESPN.

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