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England show their strengths and weaknesses against Nigeria

06 June 2018

2 - England: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Cahill; Trippier, Young (Rose, m.67), Dier, Alli (Delph, m.81), Lingard (Loftus-Cheek, m.67); Sterling (Rashford, m.73), Kane (Welbeck, m.73).

Pickford begun the 2-1 win at Wembley - just his third worldwide cap - after much speculation over whether he or Jack Butland would be Southgate's first choice stopper.

Experience tells Martyn, the former Leeds United keeper, that if Pickford starts England's last warm-up game he will start under Southgate in Russian Federation.

England midfielder Jordan Henderson says he has put the anguish of Liverpool's Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid out of his mind as he switches focus to the World Cup. We will be stronger together and we want to achieve something special. "If I was the player and I was going to be number one in Russian Federation, I'd like to know about it now - even if the manager didn't want to say publicly".

It's easy to see why so many fans have lost faith, with England now sitting in the unlucky 13th spot in FIFA's world rankings, but the squad is filled with young talent, and many English players are coming off the back of excellent seasons with their respective clubs. "We've got to enjoy the occasion and we can't wait to get out there and get started".

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One of Martyn's caps came during the first half against Italy in 2002, on what was then home turf for him.

"You've got to go in with the mentality that we can go all the way because we are good enough as a team. I'm always looking to play and I always prepare as though I'm playing". I think that's why we had some problems in the first half, I think the second half we corrected some mistakes and we played a lot better.

"It's important to engage with all your support", Martyn said.

"When the gaffer told me I was really pleased for Harry and he is a fantastic player".

"I haven't seen the incident with Beckham but, you know, I feel I've got everything under control".

England show their strengths and weaknesses against Nigeria