We struggled with Nigeria tactics, England coach opens up

England coach, Gareth Southgate, has admitted that his side struggled to contain the Super Eagles’ halftime tactical switch in their 2-1 win in Saturday’s international friendly at Wembley Stadium London.

The Three Lions completely bossed the first half and deservedly went 2-0 up through Gary Cahill and Harry Kane.

But in the second half, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr made some changes which saw a better response from his team and they reduced the deficit through Alex Iwobi’s goal.

n his post-match press conference on English Football Association’s official website, Southgate, however, described the game as a good test for his team going to the World Cup.

“I think we played really well, with the ball especially,” he said.

“We created a lot of good chances, far more than in recent games. I was really pleased with that.

“We were deservedly a couple of goals to the good at halftime.

“In the period leading up to their goal they changed the system and it took a little while to work out how to deal with that.

“Once we did that, we managed the game pretty well but there was a six or seven-minute period where we didn’t adjust and it was a decent exercise for us although we wanted it to be a little bit more comfortable.”