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England show their strengths and weaknesses against Nigeria

England show their strengths and weaknesses against Nigeria England show World Cup promise in home victory over Nigeria
Betsy Taylor | 06 June, 2018, 02:06

NICK Pope admits he wants to be England's No.1 - whether that be in this summer's World Cup or further down the line.

That closed shop has opened its doors under Gareth Southgate and even now, with eight days to go until the start of the World Cup, Southgate's choice of keeper is not quite confirmed. You can see his team below... I'm not there to preach to anyone, but I have experience of playing in big games. The attitude every day is high level, we have fantastic levels of fitness, the formation suits us, hopefully we can continue that.

"It's hard to say what is a success because of what has happened in the past", he said.

The Stoke City striker actually has a brilliant record for the Three Lions, scoring 22 in 42 games and playing for his country in two World Cups -including scoring a victor against Trinidad and Tobago in Germany back in 2006. "We've got to stay focused on ourselves and not worry about the teams in the past".

There are several listings which don't really add up though as Ruben Loftus-Cheek is said to have lost a whopping three stone since last month, when he himself claimed that he weighed 14 stone.


"If he gives Jack Butland the whole game then we're back in the situation of not really knowing".

That positive approach will be appreciated by Southgate, who has made a conscious effort to create less hype and tension around the England side than at previous tournaments.

Experience tells Martyn, the former Leeds United keeper, that if Pickford starts England's last warm-up game he will start under Southgate in Russian Federation.

"He is pretty calm and relaxed, I think that is a fair judgement". "I've got a lot of faith in this group of players, there are fantastic players in a close group and we have to use that". "First-half good, second-half not so good", Eriksson used to deadpan.

"It's no good me sitting here talking saying we need to do this and that, it's about going and performing, and I believe we can do that".

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