England made the game hard for us in the first half' - Mikel

England manager Gareth Southgate said his side's attacking display in the first half of Saturday's pre-World Cup friendly win over Nigeria was up there with the best of his time in charge of the national team.

The 21-year-old was involved in full training on Monday in their Austria camp and is expected to start against the Czechs in Vienna.

Former Chelsea midfielder Mikel John Obi is full of praise for Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

It was a dream start for the Three Lions, who oozed astounding confidence throughout the first half, finding plenty of space to penetrate the Nigerians in all compartments.

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The kit will make its match debut at Wembley Stadium on Saturday when Nigeria face England for a warm-up friendly ahead of the World Cup.

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England made a sharp start to the match, but their first opening arrived in controversial fashion when the referee refused to stop play after two Nigerian players had clashed heads, instead awarding England a free kick in a good position seconds later.

Gary Cahill brilliantly headed the home side in front and Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane doubled their lead with a deflected shot just outside the box.

Arsenal's Alex Iwobi pulled one back for the visitors, who are also World Cup-bound, but England did enough to secure the victory.

"He can be very pleased with his performance".

The England coach picked a strong team and was rewarded with an impressive first-half performance and goals from Kane and Cahill. We were excellent in the first half and created a lot of chances.

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