Rohr’s Eagles sent back to drawing board after England defeat
NEWS DIGEST – England recorded victory over the Super Eagles of Nigeria with goals from Gary Cahill and Harry Kane killing off the tie.
Nigerian shot-stopper Uzoho was called into action in the 4th minute, parrying Kieran Trippier’s free kick to safety. The resulting corner kick was however converted by Gary Cahill who broke the deadlock with a well-taken header.
In an extremely one-sided affair, England persistently peppered the Super Eagles rearguard with Sterling, Young and Lingard all coming close. After some poor defending from the Nigerians, Harry Kane doubled the lead two minutes to the end of the half with a low drill, beating the Nigerian glovesman too easily.
Gernot Rohr made four changes at the start of the second half with Balogun, Shehu, joel Obi and Onazi replaced by Ebuehi, Etebo, Ogu and Omeruo. The Super Eagles responded immediately with Iwobi reducing the deficit with a follow-up on Odion Ighalo’s stinging effort which crashed the side bar.
Nigeria showed some urgency to suggest a bid to restore parity. However there were few chances of note to consolidate their efforts and the Three Lions on their part were only interested in preserving the tempo of the game as well as giving minutes to other players. The tie ended 2-1 in favour of England.
The result means coach Gernot Rohr would have to return to the drawing board and rectify perceived weaknesses ahead of the next friendly tie against Czech Republic on June 6.
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