Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi named in final Nigeria World Cup squad

Messi scoring for Argentina against Nigeria in 2014

18 debutants join John Obi Mikel, Ahmed Musa, Ogenyi Onazi, Kenneth Omeruo and Victor Moses in the list that was released after the Super Eagles bowed 2-1 to England at Wembley Stadium.

Following an inconsistent season with Tottenham and some diffident displays for England, Alli needed to cement his place in Southgate's team and, ignoring the hail of boos, he was making a convincing case.

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.

John Obi Mikel had a crack at goal for the visitors 20 minutes before time but Pickford was on hand to keep out the midfielder's long range strike.

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

"The first half we felt comfortable, moved the ball quickly and dominated but a lack of concentration early in the second half let us down".

Chelsea defender Ola Aina and Bursaspor midfielder Mikel Agu will not be going to the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation after Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr omitted them from his final 23-man squad for the tournament on Sunday.

Arsenal's Alex Iwobi gave Nigeria's thousands of fans inside Wembley hope two minutes after the break with a crisp finish but England - who had Raheem Sterling booked for diving - closed out the victory in relatively untroubled fashion.

Not since 1966 have England won the World Cup following the country's group-stage exit in 2014.

Sterling laid on the second goal for captain Harry Kane after Cahill had headed England in front inside seven minutes. "I do think because the youthfulness, the energy in this team you can feel it".

Ian Wright admitted England's performance against Nigeria was "worrying" despite the fact the Three Lions came away with a win. We were excellent in the first half and created a lot of chances.

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