6/2/2018 10:49:44 PM (GMT+3)

England beat error-prone Nigeria 2-1 in friendly

England beat error-prone Nigeria 2-1 in friendly

LONDON: With less than two weeks before the World Cup, England beat Nigeria 2-1 in a friendly on Saturday which would help coach Gareth Southgate his team.

First-half goals from Gary Cahill and captain Harry Kane helped the hosts to victory at Wembley Stadium in their penultimate warm-up match before taking on Tunisia, Panama and Belgium in Group G in Russia.

But there was no challenge from Nigeria, who committed errors which benefited their opponents.

The Africans, who also head to Russia later this month, pulled a goal back shortly after the break through Alex Iwobi but only fleetingly threatened the hosts for much of the game.

Southgate has yet to settle on his preferred starting line-up and fielded Jesse Lingard alongside attacking midfielder Dele Alli, providing England with pace and creativity that led to a string of first-half chances.

But he will take comfort from Cahill's performance whose powerful headed goal from a corner after seven minutes will strengthen his claim for a place in the heart of defence.

The Super Eagles will need to improve when they take on Croatia, Iceland and Argentina in Group D.