England team news: Will this be the line-up Gareth Southgate uses for England’s World Cup warm up game v Nigeria?


England host Nigeria in their penultimate game before they begin their 2018 World Cup campaign – a game you can listen to LIVE on talkSPORT from 17:15 on Saturday. 

This is one of the final opportunities for manager Gareth Southgate to see how his squad plays together before they fly out to Russia. 

You can listen to live commentary of England v Nigeria, live from Wembley on talkSPORT by following this link here

England v Nigeria preview

The Liverpool players in the England squad have been given a week off as the Reds’ season only finished last weekend, but Adam Lallana, who is on the standby list, returned to training early in a bid to get his fitness back. 

However, England are expected to have a fully fit squad for their final game before the tournament against Costa Rica at Elland Road on Thursday. 

This means Southgate may experiment with his line-up ahead of the game against the Super Eagles. 

But who will make the cut for the team? Scroll down to see the possbile England XI for their friendly against Nigeria. 

GOALKEEPER: Jack Butland

This is probably the one position that Gareth Southgate has not fully decided on for the World Cup. 

It seems like it’s a stright shootout between Jack Butland and Jordan Pickford for the no.1 jersey and it’s likely one will play against Nigeria while the other will be given a chance to impress against Costa Rica. 

Pickford had a poor game in Everton’s final game of the season defeat at West Ham so we have given the nod to Butland. 

DEFENCE: Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire

It seems Southgate likes the idea of a back three as he has used this tactic in England’s last two games. 

The back three of Walker, Stones and Maguire was the defence that kept a clean sheet in their victory away to the Netherlands in March although it should be noted Joe Gomez started ahead of the Leicester man but came off early with injury. 

The England boss especially likes Manchester City pair Walker and Stones playing at the back together even though Walker is usually a full-back. 

WING BACKS: Kieran Trippier, Ashley Young

Walker at centre-back gives his ex-Tottenham team-mate Trippier the opportunity to slot in at right-wing back while Manchester United’s Ashley Young will feel right at home on the left. 

Should England make it to the latter stages of the World Cup, Trippier and Young will probably be expected to defend more but they will have more of a free role against opponents the Three Lions are expected to beat. 

DEFENSIVE MIDFIELD: Eric Dier

He will not be captaining the side as it’s Kane who will lead England out in Russia but Dier will surely play the position he plays for Tottenham every week. 

Dier is probably a starter especially because Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson is likely to be rested for the game at Wembley. 

ATTACKING MIDFIELD: Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard

Sterling was in the papers this week for his controversial gun tattoo on his leg but he had a splendid 2017/18 season for Manchester City so is surely going to start for England. 

However, it will be interesting to see whether Alli and Lingard can play alongside each other like their manager said. 

FORWARD: Harry Kane

It was never in doubt given he is England’s new captain and arguably the Three Lions’ best player. 

Kane is likely to spearhead England’s attack as he usually does for Spurs. 

The likes of Jamie Vardy or Marcus Rashford may be given a chance but this will surely not be at Kane’s expense when the World Cup actually starts. 



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