Goals from Gary Cahill and Harry Kane saw England to victory versus Nigeria as Gareth Southgate’s World Cup preparations build to a climax.
England enjoyed a morale-boosting Wembley triumph with a 2-1 win over Nigeria in their penultimate match before heading to the World Cup in Russia.
Gary Cahill headed the hosts into a seventh-minute lead from Kieran Trippier’s corner, the Chelsea defender eluding all of those bedecked in Nigeria’s eye-catching colours
Despite seeing Sterling spurn another couple of promising openings, England did double their lead before the interval when captain Harry Kane’s low drive squirmed underneath Francis Uzoho.
Nigeria halved the deficit two minutes into the second half courtesy of Alex Iwobi’s cool finish after Odion Ighalo had struck the upright.
But Gernot Rohr’s men could not force their way through again and England improved their record at Wembley to just one defeat in the last 21 matches.
7′ GOAL! England 1-0 Nigeria (Cahill)
Dream start for England. They lead 1-0 after a superb header from Cahill after the Three Lions won the corner. The Chelsea man peeled away from his marker and guided the ball into the top corner.
Trippier grabs the assist after his corner found Cahill perfectly!
28′ CHANCE! Lingard’s shot saved
Alli plays Lingard in and the winger looks destined to score but Uzoho gets down well to deny him at the near post. Should be 2-0 to the Three Lions!
39′ GOAL! England 2-0 Nigeria (Kane)
Kane shows the rest of the England boys how it is done and that was a sensational finish.
After watching a number of chances go to waste, the Tottenham man finds space on the edge of the box before smashing it into the bottom corner.
47′ GOAL! England 2-1 Nigeria (Iwobi)
Iwobi is the man of the moment as he gives Pickford no chance. Former Watford man Ighalo hit the post and as the Everton keeper tried to get up Iwobi found the bottom corner with his rebound.
England XI: Pickford, Young, Cahill, Walker, Trippier, Dier, Sterling, Stones, Alli, Lingard, Kane.
Subs: Heaton, Lallana, Rose, Livermore, Delph, Welbeck, Vardy, Maguire, Butland, Pope, Loftus-Cheek, Rashford.
Nigeria XI: Uzoho, Mikel, Ighalo, Moses, Balogun, Obi, Onazi, Troost-Ekong, Idowu, Iwobi, Shehu.
Subs: Echiéjilé, Ogu, Ezenwa, Omeruo, Musa, Akpeyi, Simy, Agu, Aina, Ndidi, Iheanacho, Etebo, Ebuehi, Awaziem