England v Nigeria Preview

England face Nigeria at Wembley in their penultimate friendly before the World Cup finals.

Coach Gareth Southgate has already confirmed his 23-man squad for Russia, so he will be using the game with Nigeria and the final game with Costa Rica next week to finalise his starting XI.

Southgate, though, has been keeping his plans close to his chest.

“I think we know what we want to see in each area of the field and we’re clear on what we think,” he said.

“I’ve explained what we’re using these two matches for and I haven’t given them the team but we have a very clear plan.”

See below for a preview on the game, including predictions from former England, Crystal Palace and Tottenham midfielder Andy Gray and our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey and bet365’s Steve Freeth.

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England 17:15 Nigeria 
Wembley Stadium

TEAM NEWS: England are going to start Jesse Lingard, but his Man United team-mate Phil Jones misses out following the birth of his first child. Harry Maguire may not be risked having missed training with a muscular problem so Gary Cahill will likely start.
KEY FACT: Nigeria have never beaten England
MATCH ODDS: England 4/1 Draw 7/2 Nigeria 8/1
bet365 Pick: Both Teams to Score @11/8
ANDY SAYS: I don’t see too many problems for England here, comfortable win…3-1
GRAEME SAYS: This might be tougher than some think, indeed I could see a draw…2-2
FOOTBALLIndex – One to follow: Rahem Sterling is hogging the headlines, but he is still a top pick up

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