Our football match prediction:
England continue their preparations for the 2018 World Cup finals. The Three Lions take on Nigeria at their Wembley Stadium in Saturday’s friendly and they are seen as hot favourites to win the match. The likes of Chris Smalling, Adam Lallana and Jack Wilshere did not make England’s 23-man squad, but coach Gareth Southgate has a number of high-profile players to choose from. Raheem Sterling impressed in the 2017/2018 season with Manchester City and he will be the man to watch in the home team, alongside Harry Kane, who was scoring goals for fun with Tottenham. The Nigerians were totally outplayed by Nigeria in a friendly in March, which is probably the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on Gareth Southgate’s charges. In their last meeting in a friendly England recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Nigeria, with David Platt scoring the winner for the Three Lions.
Highlighted Player (Kane):
Widely regarded as one of England’s best strikers at the moment, Harry Kane enjoyed a meteoric rise at Tottenham Hotspur, scoring 21 Premier League goals during the 2014/2015 campaign to be voted PFA Young Player of the Year. The highly rated striker went on to surpass that achievement the following season as he helped Spurs mount a serious title challenge for the first time in club’s recent history and he made seamless transition to international football. Kane scored four goals in his first ten appearances for England to prove he was here to stay and at the same time established himself as a first choice striker in Roy Hodgson’s squad ahead of the Euro 2016 finals. Kane is a modern striker, who is extremely dangerous in the opposition box, but it was some outstanding goals from distance as well as link-up play with teammates that earned him an excellent reputation in world football. Kane is expected to lead both Tottenham and England in years to come, that is if he can resist the lure of top European clubs that continue to cast admiring glances his way.
Highlighted Team (England):
One of two oldest national football teams besides Scotland, England have been playing international matches since 1872, but the World Cup title won on home soil in 1966 remain their only major trophy up to date. The Three Lions narrowly missed out on the 1990 World Cup final, losing to Germany on penalties, while they were stopped in quarter-finals on no fewer than five occasions. England twice reached the European Championship semi-finals, in 1968 and 1996, but they have been pretty disappointing at the start of the 21st century, despite boasting arguably the strongest league competition in the world. Sir Bobby Charlton, Jimmy Greaves and Bobby Moore were among players who secured the first major international title, whereas Gary Lineker, David Beckham, Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney all played an important role during the modern age. Peter Shilton is the record holder with 125 caps for the national team, while Wayne Rooney surpassed Sir Bobby Charlton as the leading goalscorer in the England national team.