Nigeria must improve before World Cup admits Mikel

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Placed in the same group as Argentina, Iceland and Croatia, the Super Eagles will hope to head into the World Cup in good shape and high spirits so as to qualify from the tough group.

"We are a very young team and we have to learn, it is good for this young team to have a taste of what we are going to face in Russian Federation", he added.

"We have to learn together as a team, we have to improve and that is why we played this game against such a quality side".

But the Nigeria boss blamed their slow start on fatigue caused by a hard journey to England and rain that stopped them training the day before the match.

Nigeria were sloppy during the first half and their limp performance in the opening 45 minutes was embodied by Uzoho's blunder, the Deportivo La Coruna goalie allowing Kane's central strike to slip from his grasp.

"We also won the ball back really quickly, and I thought we played from the back with good composure".

"In the first half our usual formation didn't work".


England will be confronted by the team Nigeria expect to start the World Cup when they host them at Wembley in Saturday's friendly.

"He's in England, and struggling for his life, and we will play for him at this World Cup".

GARETH SOUTHGATE was reasonably satisfied with his England sides toil as a rugged Nigeria side were edged out by two goals to one in a competitive FIFA World Cup warm-up match at Wembley Stadium.

England lacked the zip from the early stages in the second half as regular substitutions broke up the rhythm of the game, with Danny Rose, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Marcus Rashford, Fabian Delph and Danny Welbeck all appearing from the bench.

Overall, it was a good test for England, who looked sharp early on but faded after a number of personnel changes, with nearly all the substitutes failing to make much of an impression during their cameo appearances. "Unfortunately we can't change four players if there is a problem in the World Cup".

"I heard the coach of the England team say they want to win the World Cup in 2022, so we can say the same (of our youthful team)".

Two other Leicester players, Wilfred Ndidi and Ahmed Musa, also failed to make the starting XI but are likely to be used at some point over the 90 minutes. "That was as good a half as we've had I think".

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