Mikel: England Can Go Far In Russia With Their Youthfulness And Energy

Gabriel Batistuta scoring for Argentina against Nigeria in the 2002 World Cup

Gabriel Batistuta scoring for Argentina against Nigeria in the 2002 World Cup

"But he will start next game against the Czech Republic, and I hope if he played, he will be fit on June 16 (World Cup Group D match vs Croatia)". It was not me.

The 32-year-old said on ITV: "If you have the opportunity to play you can show what you do at club level, and I finished the season strongly so I am glad to be in the squad".

"I will like to thank all my fans for the love, support and prayers during this trying time, you all are wonderful people it's just a pity that I couldn't make it to Russian Federation but man proposes but God disposes", Simon wrote on Instagram.

Onazi uncharacteristically gave the ball away a number of times and missed several tackles.

In the first half, Dele Alli, Jesse Lingard and Gary Cahill all put in impressive shifts, though Cahill was the only one of this trio to carry his performance into the second period.

Spare a thought for number 24 in the England squad. That wasn't me yesterday. "We've got to prepare right to go as far as we can".

"We couldn't train on Friday because of rain, the pitch wasn't good".

Meanwhile, Coach Gernot Rohr is expected to play the Czechs with best 11 from the 23- man list already submitted to Federation Internationale de Football Association for the Russia World Cup.

"A quarterfinal berth will be a good feat for us, but I am not pleased with the players we would have on the bench because we only have 13 to 14 key players, who I think can fully represent us well".

"We have a lot of things to do". If we can combine those together in the ideal way then we can go far. "Because we have one system", the Trabzonspor midfielder continued. It was much better.

While some would argue that youthful goaltender Francis Uzoho should have done better with Kane's drilled shot from the edge of the 18 -yard area, the former Golden Eaglet made several interventions that kept Nigeria in the game and boosted his personal confidence going to the World Cup finals.

Mikel knows Nigeria have to sharpen up in Russian Federation if they to get through a tough group featuring Argentina, Iceland and Croatia.

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