Iwobi named in Nigeria's World Cup squad

Lionel Messi scoring a free-kick against Nigeria for Argentina in the 2014 World Cup

"I think the England team have a good chance".

This was the famous Wembley, where some of the most iconic football memories were made and there, were Nigerian players, living the dream they never thought will become reality.

The goal may have stemmed from dubious circumstances, but it was no doubt deserved and England quickly set about pressing their advantage home with another corner, causing problems just five minutes later when John Stones nearly capitalised on a handling error from Uzoho.

England's cause was not helped when Sterling capped off a week in which he hit the headlines for off-field reasons by picking up a deserved yellow card for diving, throwing himself to ground in an attempt to win a penalty from Uzoho.

The Nigeria squad contains three goalkeepers, eight defenders, six midfielders and six strikers.

Sterling slipped after being played through on goal by Kane, while Eric Dier flashed a header just off target on 62 minutes from a Young delivery.

Captain Harry Kane doubled the hosts' advantage before the break, netting from outside the box after some poor goalkeeping from Francis Uzoho.

In the first half, Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard and Gary Cahill all put in impressive shifts, though Cahill was the only one of this trio to carry his performance into the second period.


12' CORNER KICK! Conceded by Leon Balogun (Nigeria).

The Super Eagles also switched to back three of Ogu, Troost-Ekong and Omeruo while Iwobi came into midfield.

It was all Super Eagles at this point as Iwobi exerted himself more into the game from the middle.

The players are scheduled to arrive in Austria on Sunday evening on June 4, where they will face the Czech Republic on Wednesday at the Rudolf-Tonn-Stadium.

In the end, it will be easy for both sides to take.

It's hard to read too much into worldwide friendlies, but Gareth Southgate's side looked like World Cup contenders in the first half.

He said the Eagles "played five at the back as well" in the second half, hence, the improved performance.

Alli (whose full first name is Bamidele) was eligible to represent the African nation through his Nigerian father, but chose to throw his lot in with England where he was born and has lived all his life.

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