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England Hungary 2006 World Cup

GETTY England beat Hungary 3-1 at Old Trafford before the 2006 World Cup

The Super Eagles lost 2-1 to England in a friendly at Wembley on Saturday.Nigeria's midfielder John Obi Mikel looks to pass the ball during the global friendly football match between England and Nigeria at Wembley stadium in London on June 2, 2018.

And England started the match impressively.

His early goal was a positive start for the Three Lions and he helped organise England's defence and ensured they didn't capitulate after conceding after 47 minutes.

England have been pitted in Group G with dark horses Belgium, Tunisia, and debutants Panama but fans are sceptical about the country's chances following a disastrous 2014 campaign.

The Super Eagles were poor in the first half and rightly conceded two goals - it could have been more before the 70,025 people packed into Wembley Stadium.

"I think first and foremost he has conducted himself fantastically well this week, he has managed that situation very well". Southgate wants to play three central midfielders, with Raheem Sterling behind Harry Kane up front, which caused people to worry about how Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard would fit into the team.

Kane said: "It was a good win against a tough side".

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The 32-year-old said on ITV: "If you have the opportunity to play you can show what you do at club level, and I finished the season strongly so I am glad to be in the squad".

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. England the better side in the first half and could have scored more if Sterling had converted his chances.

"It is good that we have another opportunity to try a couple of things, when we play the Czech Republic on Wednesday".

After facing Nigeria, England go up against Costa Rica at Elland Road on Thursday - their final official warm up match before travelling to Russian Federation.

With the second half in consideration, Super Eagles remarkable improvements under Rohr continues.

"As I always say, a team's first game will determine how far it can go at a tournament".

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