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World Cup 2018: England boss Gareth Southgate hints Jordan Pickford to begin in Russia

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World Cup 2018: England boss Gareth Southgate hints Jordan Pickford to begin in Russia

Pickford has represented England at all ages group stage from under-16

Gareth Southgate has hinted goalkeeper Jordan Pickford will begin for England of their opening World Cup recreation with Tunisia on Monday, 18 June.

The Everton keeper, 24, was in aim as England beat Nigeria 2-1 in their first warm-up match at Wembley on Saturday.

England boss Southgate stated: “There was a little bit of an announcement with the collection of Jordan. His determination making was good though he was hardly ever examined.”

Stoke’s Jack Butland and Burnley’s Nick Pope are additionally within the 23-man squad.

Pickford made his third look for England on Saturday, whereas 25-year-old Butland has received seven caps and Pope, 26, is but to make his debut.

‘Brilliant’ Sterling pleases Southgate

Raheem Sterling was chosen to begin for England after it was revealed the Manchester Metropolis ahead arrived late for Southgate’s pre-World Cup coaching camp when the squad assembled final month.

The 23-year-old spurned a variety of probabilities to attain at Wembley earlier than being cautioned for diving within the second half.

“I have never seemed on the incident however I believed he labored actually laborious for us and his counter-attacking was an actual downside for the opposition,” stated Southgate.

“Nigeria are one of many few groups that would truly deal with his tempo however I believed he was very vivid and his motion was good.

“Raheem dropping deep and amassing the ball meant we had been in a position to flood the midfield so I used to be joyful along with his efficiency.”

Sterling lasted 73 minutes at Wembley earlier than being changed by Marcus Rashford

Entrance 4 impress

Objectives from Gary Cahill and Harry Kane rewarded England’s first-half dominance at Wembley earlier than Nigeria produced an improved show within the second interval, pulling one again by means of Arsenal ahead Alex Iwobi.

“I used to be actually happy with the primary half. I believed we used the ball nicely and had been a risk going ahead,” stated Southgate.

“I preferred the interchange of motion and the passing between our entrance 4. We had been then in a position to win the ball again with our urgent.

“Within the second half we had been gradual to begin and it took us a short while to regulate to them altering form. What it created was an ideal ambiance behind our aim for us to defend correctly and handle the sport which was vital.”

Cahill caps return with a aim

Gary Cahill scored the primary aim of the sport with a header

Man-of-the-match Cahill was enjoying in an England shirt for the primary time since October 2017 and Southgate stated: “Gary is deservedly again within the squad with the best way he completed the season with Chelsea.

“It was an ideal header and now we have been engaged on set-plays. Kieran Trippier’s ball in was good.”

Having received 59 caps for his nation, Cahill is essentially the most skilled participant in England’s World Cup squad

The 32-year-old stated on ITV: “You probably have the chance to play you’ll be able to present what you do at membership stage, and I completed the season strongly so I’m glad to be within the squad.

“The primary half we felt comfy, moved the ball rapidly and dominated however a scarcity of focus early within the second half allow us to down. After 10 minutes we obtained to grips with their form and managed the sport nicely.”

Objectives are across the nook for Sterling – Cahill

Cahill additionally praised Sterling for the best way he has dealt with being within the headlines this week over his gun tattoo.

He stated: “It’s to be anticipated however on the similar time it will be good if it was optimistic.

“Nonetheless, Raheem has been unbelievable with all of it, he manages that scenario very, very nicely. He has stored working laborious, stored his focus and I feel you noticed a efficiency that, aside from scoring a aim, he was very energetic. So credit score to him.

Captain Kane, who scored his eighth aim in his final seven appearances for England, informed ITV: “It was a superb win towards a troublesome facet. We had been wonderful within the first half and created plenty of probabilities.

“l really feel at my greatest. It was nice to attain – it is at all times good for a striker and now I am wanting ahead to the sport on Thursday.”

England play their remaining warm-up recreation towards Costa Rica at Elland Highway, Leeds on Thursday, 7 June.


Former England worldwide Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 stay:

I believed England performed very nicely within the first-half towards a poor Nigeria facet. However the guests made their adjustments within the second-half and made a recreation of it.

I do not suppose we obtained plenty of solutions although as a result of Nigeria simply lay down within the first interval and let England do what they need.

BBC Sport – Football

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