Russia 2018: Super Eagles players react to England defeat

Gabriel Heinze scoring the only goal as Argentina beat Nigeria in 2010

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.

Southgate said: "I think we played really well, with the ball especially".

"We tried to match them, that's what we did and we played better, we created chances and we scored the goal".

"I thought it was an exciting game", Southgate told BBC Sport. If we can combine those together in the flawless way then we can go far. "After 10 minutes we got to grips with their shape and managed the game well".

Rohr made four changes at the break and the substitutions were having an immediate impact as the Super Eagles had England on the ropes inside the hour-mark.

"Nevertheless, Raheem has been fantastic with it all, he manages that situation very, very well".

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England opened the scoring early on, after Nigeria went a man light, following Leon Balogun's clash of heads. So credit to him. "It was great to score - it's always nice for a striker and now I'm looking forward to the game on Thursday".

The coach added he would decide by Monday whether to give Jack Butland a start as England goalkeeper for the final pre-World Cup friendly against Costa Rica on June 7, but he spoke highly of Jordan Pickford's performance on Saturday.

I thought England played very well in the first-half against a poor Nigeria side.

Lingard was unable to connect to a Tripper ball from the right and after a superb save from Uzoho to deny Sterling, who was again in on goal on 38 minutes but fired over - the Manchester City man set up Kane for England's second.

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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