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John Obi Mikel Gives His Assessment On England’s Chances In The World Cup

The Three Lions played host to Nigeria at Wembley Stadium. Gary Cahill brilliantly headed the home side in front and Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane doubled their lead with a deflected shot just outside the box.

Nigeria pulled one back through Arsenal attacker Alex Iwobi, but were unable to get any more goals, the game finishing a win for Gareth Southgate’s men.

It was a convincing display by the Three Lions, but it didn’t blow anyone away. Former Middlesbrough manager Southgate has instilled a recognisable tactical identity in England with the use of full-backs, which is something encouraging to take to Russia for this summer’s World Cup.

And Nigeria Mikel Obi, the Nigeria captain, is a big fan of England’s chances in the competition, having been impressed with the squad in the match at Wembley.

He said after the match via TalkSport: “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.

“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.”

It’s great to see someone have so much optimism when it comes to England’s chances at the World Cup- we know we don’t – but not everyone agreed with the midfielders’ assessment, taking to social media to call out the player’s post-game comments.

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