Nigeria were beaten 2-1 by England in a friendly game at the Wembley Stadium ahead of the World Cup. Two first half goals by Gary Cahill and Harry Kane set the pace for an England win.
Nigeria were completely outplayed by England in the first half but reacted after the interval as Alex Iwobi pulled one through for the Super Eagles, two minutes after the restart.
Nigeria captain John Mikel Obi was impressed with England’s game and believes the Three Lions have what it takes to win the World Cup.
“I think they have a very good chance of going all the way because the youthfulness and energy in this team… you can feel it,” he said.
“I think the pace in the team, you can feel it, and that is why we had some problems in the first half.
“In the second half we corrected some mistakes and played a lot better. I think the England team have a good chance.”
Of Nigeria’s chances, he said: “We are a very young team and we have to learn, it is good for this young team to have a taste of what we are going to face in Russia.
“We have to learn together as a team, we have to improve and that is why we played this game against such a quality side so we can know where we are and now we go back to training and try and improve.”