England 2-1 Nigeria: This Is What Rohr Found Out
Yes, it was ‘just’ a friendly, and it is believed that the players and coaching crew of the Super Eagles have learnt a lot prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
It is forever on record that England beat Nigeria 2-1 on June 2, 2018, and most Super Eagles fans are not happy with the result.
Gary Cahill and Harry Kane scored in the first half before Alex Iwobi reduced the deficit in the wake of the second half.
But Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr, who says he is still experimenting ahead of the World Cup, says he has a clear picture of the strength and weaknesses of his players.
“There were many positives from that game. When you play a friendly match, it is not always about winning. You have opportunity to try so many players and formations, and we achieved our aim at Wembley.
“Now, we have our final 23 players for the World Cup. It is good that we have another opportunity to try a couple of things, when we play the Czech Republic on Wednesday.”
One of the ‘trys’ by Rohr was using John Ogu as a left back when the player was introduced at half time.
Ogu plays as a central midfielder for his Israeli Premier League side, Hapoel Be'er Sheva, but fit in, as one of the center backs when the Eagles changed from 4-4-2 to 3-5-2.
Rohr also tried captain John Obi Mikel in the attacking position, but the Tianjin Teda star did poorly in that position, but improved in the second half when he was returned to his regular holding midfield role.
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