England vs Nigeria

England vs Nigeria | Saturday, 2 June | 5:15pm BST

England’s World Cup 2018 preparations continue in earnest as Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions take on Nigeria at Wembley.

Having named his provisional 23-man squad for this summer’s finals in Russia, Southgate will be under pressure to impress in England’s final home game at the national stadium before the tournament.

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Schedule
International – Friendlies
England vs Nigeria live stream
Date : Saturday 2nd June 2018
Time : 12:15 Pm Et
Live/Repeat:Live

Southgate will be confident of a win with a talented young squad following a pain-free qualification process, but the Super Eagles will want to make a statement with a promising squad of their own.

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​Start time

England host Nigeria at Wembley on Saturday 2 June, with kick-off at 5:15pm BST.
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TV, online and live stream coverage

The match will be televised live on ITV from 5pm. You will be able to follow the match with Standard Sport’s dedicated blog LIVE from Wembley.
Prediction
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England to win: 2/5
Draw: 16/5
Nigeria to win: 15/2

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Tickets

Head to Wembley’s official website for the latest ticket information,
Head to head

England and Nigeria have faced each other twice: the two teams drew 0-0 at the 2002 World Cup, while the Three Lions won a friendly 1-0 back in 1994.
Team news

Eric Dier and Kieran Trippier are set to start for England against Nigeria in the first of their two World Cup warm-up matches.

Standard Sport understands the Tottenham duo are likely to be involved from the outset at Wembley with Liverpool pair Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold set to miss the game having been given extended leave following last weekend’s Champions League Final.

Dier is likely to anchor England’s midfield in Henderson’s absence while Trippier will be given the opportunity to nail down a right wing-back position for which Alexander-Arnold now provides genuine competition.

Gareth Southgate is keen to use Kyle Walker as a right-sided centre-back in Russia, meaning Trippier and Alexander-Arnold are in a straight fight for a spot on the right flank.

Henderson is considered a key player by Southgate and, fitness pending, is likely to be in the starting line-up for England’s Group G opener against Tunisia on June 18.

England World Cup squad
England announce 23-man World Cup squad

Butland (Stoke), Pickford (Everton), Pope (Burnley); Jones (Man Utd), Cahill (Chelsea), Walker (Man City), Trippier (Tottenham), Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Rose (Tottenham), Young (Man Utd), Stones (Man City), Maguire (Leicester); Dier (Tottenham), Henderson (Liverpool), Delph (Man City), Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea), Lingard (Man Utd), Alli (Tottenham); Kane (Tottenham), Rashford (Man Utd), Vardy (Leicester), Sterling (Man City), Welbeck (Arsenal).

Stand-by list: Heaton (Burnley), Tarkowski (Burnley), L Cook (Bournemouth), Livermore (West Brom), Lallana (Liverpool)
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Nigeria World Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba FC), Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa), Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United).

Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey), Tyronne Ebuehi (Ado Den Haag, The Netherlands), Olaoluwa Aina (Hull City, England), Elderson Echiejile (Cercle Brugge KSV, Belgium), Brian Idowu (Amkar Perm, Russia), Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France), William Ekong (Bursaspor FC, Turkey), Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa FC, Turkey), Stephen Eze (Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Bulgaria).

Midfielders: John Obi Mikel (Tianjin Teda, China), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England), Oghenekaro Etebo (UD Las Palmas, Spain), John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel), Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium), Joel Obi (Torino FC, Italy), Mikel Agu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey).

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England), Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium), Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England), Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England), Nwankwo Simeon (Crotone FC, Italy), Junior Lokosa (Kano Pillars)

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