England show promise with Nigeria win, Germany suffer shock loss to Austria

England captain Kane was on target in Saturday's 2-1 win over Nigeria at Wembley in their penultimate match before the World Cup.

With Gareth Southgate's England side blessed with plenty of attacking options, the role of Henderson as a holding midfielder, probably alongside Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier, could be crucial to the team's hopes.

"You've got to go in with the mentality that we can go all the way, because we are good enough as a team", he said.

England left back Danny Rose has told his family not to travel to Russian Federation for the World Cup over fears of racial abuse.

"I don't think the players would want that because they have worked all their lives to get to a World Cup".

"Off the field there have been other incidents: back home in August my mum was racially abused in Doncaster".

England face their second and final World Cup warm-up friendly when they face Costa Rica at Leeds United's Elland Road tomorrow night (8pm).

Not officially retired from worldwide football, he scored six goals for Stoke as they were relegated from the Premier League and let us all know he's still got it with a ridiculous trickshot on holiday.

Southgate said: "I don't think anybody gets to be a top player without having resilience and that is developed in different moments of your career". We said: 'What if somebody doesn't want the attention? One of the keys of us getting through these two matches was to try and make sure every member of our squad gets game time.

"I've come in to a new group of people, a new group of players, so everything has been new to me".

"I always want to play, whether that's with my club or while I'm away with England".

Southgate will take comfort from the performance of Cahill, whose powerful headed goal from a corner after seven minutes will strengthen his claim for a place in the heart of defence. Are we trying to play football or are we trying to change the world?' Whatever we do here isn't going to change what is happening all around the world. We had some guys in from the Marines on Tuesday who had lost limbs in different situations.

  • Angelo Rivera