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SLOW START, STRONG FINISH: How Super Eagles Rated Vs England

SLOW START, STRONG FINISH: How Super Eagles Rated Vs England

Completesportsnigeria.com’s ADEBOYE AMOSU rates Super Eagles players following their 2-1 defeat against the Three Lions of England at the Wembley Stadium on Saturday in the pre-World Cup friendly…



Put in a decent showing especially in the first half when England were in ascendancy. Although he was at fault for the second goal conceded by the Super Eagles, the youngster pulled off enough saves to atone for the error..


Zenith Ziva

Put up an abysmal showing and was duly hauled off after the break. His World Cup starting spot no longer a certainly.


The new Brighton signing was bullied around by Harry Kane and other England forwards. He was among the quartet substituted after the break.


Looked shaky in the first half but improved like the test of the team in the second half.


Coped well in the face of relentless pressure from the hosts. Seems to have now made the left-back his own.


Terrible performance from the team’s vice-captain who didn’t justify his starting berth. Gave away the ball too cheaply on numerous occasions, including for England’s second goal.


How the Torino midfielder made the starting line-up remains a mystery. He was awful all through and it will be a surprise if he keeps his place in the team. He hasn’t had a decent game for the team under Gernot Rohr.


Not one of his best games for the Super Eagles. Looked clumsy at times in the first half but stepped up after the break.


Scored Nigeria’s only goal and was unarguably the side’s best performer in the game.


Thrown into the fray from the start despite having just two training sessions with the team prior to the game. He was far from his best and never really hit the heights expected of me.


He was involved in Nigeria’s only goal of the game, his only major contribution before he was substituted in the second half.



Added power and energy to the team’s play following his introduction. Good performance from the midfielder.


Proved his class after coming in for the below par Shehu Abdullahi. Made a lot of runs upfront and defended well too.


Did his chance of making the World Cup team a lot good with his battling performance as part of the central defence three.


Did well to stop England from adding to their advantage after replacing Leon Balogun


Looked sharp after coming in for Victor Moses. Caused problems for the English though he faded away subsequently.


Didn’t do much after his introduction.

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  • My Player Ratings:


    Francis Uzoho (6/10): Poor clearance in 2nd minute and the a decent save off a free-kick in 6 minutes. A number of respectable saves earlier in the 1st half. Could he have done better for England’s second goal? His inexperienced positioning could have gifted Harry Kane a goal in 70 minutes.

    Shehu Abdullahi (6/10): Too much space given to Alli and Young earlier on. His long throw-ins caused problems. Tried hard to transition defence-to-attack with minimal success.

    William Troost-Ekong (6.5/10): Lost out aerially to Cahill for England’s first goal. Turned inside-out by Sterling in 12 minutes. He worked hard to maintain focus. Powerful 18 yard box sliding tackle later on. Not a bad performance.

    Leon Balogun (6.5/10): Clashed with his colleague (like against Argentina). Good block for Sterling’s shot and effective aerial and ground interceptions. Decent overall showing.

    Brian Idowu (7/10): Fantastic interception in 18 minutes to block Young’s efforts inside the box 18. Posed some attacking threats. Generally sharp at interceptions and he ‘looks the part’. Really impressive.


    Eddy Onazi (4/10): Not tall enough to protect the goal in corner kicks scenarios. Sloppy in possession. Poor passes time and time again (one such occasion led to England’s second goal). His performance was off-colour.

    Joel Obi (4/10): Anonymous in midfield in the first 20 minutes. Lost key possession in 30 minutes. Off pace at times. His football mind drifted in and out of the game. His mis-communication with Idowu in 35 minutes in a vital offensive area killed a promising move.

    Mikel Obi (5.5/10): Ineffectual earlier on; killer passes and positioning were initially none-existence. He increasingly came into the game in the second half (with decent touches and neat passes); but much more was still expected of the skipper.


    Alex Iwobi (7/10): Came deep in midfield to try to make thing happen. He covered a lot of grounds (which incidentally meant it was him there for the rebound for Nigeria’s goal). Hard worker.

    Odion Ighalo (6/10): Isolated upfront earlier on; had his shot blocked in 25 minutes. Also sloppy in possession at times. Still, he was a handful for England defenders. He was involved in the build-up to Nigeria’s goal.

    Victor Moses (5.5/10): Quiet in first 15 minutes. At times, sloppy in possession. Tame shot in 44 minutes. Tried to run at defenders from the flanks with mixed outcomes. He ballooned a shot in the air before being subbed.


    Etebo (5.5/10): Brought fluidity and much-improved movements to the midfield. His presence helped beef up Nigeria’s midfield.

    John Ogu (7/10): Was a powerful aeriel presence when Nigeria was either defending or attacking. Intercepted an England’s 1-2 move (which would have released Sterling in a dangerous position!). Overall, he was competent and effective in his interceptions and all-round play.

    Ebuehi (6/10): Kept it simple and made his presence known in England’s half. His attacking runs were purposeful even though the end results left much to be desired at times.

    Ahmed Musa( 5.5/10): Exuberance led to his yellow card in 77 minutes. To his credit, he injected pace in the Eagles attack and was an outlet for through-balls that could prove to be lethal in future matches.

    Iheanacho (5/10): Made one or two dangerous runs to key areas for Nigeria but did not see enough of the ball as he would have hoped for.

    Omeruo (5.5/10): Simple, focused and sturdy at the back. His positionings were adequate.

    • truthbetold 3 years ago

      Dear Deo, I agree with all your ratings except for Tyrone 7/10 and shehu abdullahi 3.5/10. And strongly believe Iwobi’s rating should have been 8.5/10 because he was terrific today.

    • Don Benny 3 years ago

      How can you give Shehu Abdullahi 6/10? This shows how bias you are. to me Shebu l shouldn’t make the team to the world.

    • Cappaccino 3 years ago

      I still prefer the writers rating to yours, you are just using one Action carried out in the field to Give your ratings.

  • Frankagal 3 years ago

    Our first half performance was very poor but SE improved with those substitutions.Overall,this match has shown that we need Mikel,Ogu and Etebo in our midfield in the absence of Ndidi.Based on current form,Onazi and Joel have no room in our starting line-up. It’s just Sad Kelechi Nwakali and Usman Muhammad were not called up.
    GR needs to start Iheanacho and Simy Nwankwo in our next game. We really need to asses their partnership in a big game. Good luck SE.

  • Patrick 3 years ago

    In view of the outcome of Nigeria vs England match the coach must make the following changes . in the right full back position ebuehi should start. Etebo and ndidi must start in the midfield instead of onazi and Joel obi .ogu from his performance today should act as substitute to the defensive midfielder. Joel obi should be dropped from the team . the coach should give simmy more opportunities. There no room for sentiment. Selection must be based on merit.

  • bucho2 3 years ago

    why shud d coach drop joel obi nt d weight lifter onazi? Did u watch d back of ur tv or d match?, where was d loose side in d midfield? How did u watch… Infact, ur talk na 4 ur pocket

    • GunnerLoy 3 years ago

      You don’t need to accuse the young Man. A lot needs to be done but Onazi should please be dropped. He has finally convinced Gernet Rohr that he is not good at all. I think Onazi + Echeijlle should be dropped.

  • Jensen Josh 3 years ago

    Firstly I will say SE should too much respect to their opponent earlier today….
    And I think the best formation to be adopted at the Mundial should be the 3 5 2 formation, and the also ebuehi should always start ahead of Ex kano pillars man, and John ogu should always be given the nod in the defensive midfield to partner Ndidi, he’s tall, strong and he can shoot from anywhere… Wishing the SE all the best at russia
    As for the final 23 man squad I guess Mikel agu will leave the team as well as either Joel obi, Ola Aina or Brian idowu..
    from my own perspective but Rohr as the final say tho

  • CHYBYKE 3 years ago

    Gernot Rohr should stick to a 3-5-2 formation… Nigeria were really solid playing in that formation… Joel Obi should be dropped from this team,Onazi is only good enough for the bench…When I said Mikel Agu is better than Onazi and Joel Obi everyone doubted,the picture is all clear now…Shehu has lost his spot to Ebuehi.. He should start…John Ogu and Alex Iwobi was my standout player

  • Go Eagles, Go 3 years ago

    @bucho2 I think it is you that watched the back of tv. Even if you did not watch the match, the call to drop Joel Obi and Onazi by all the fans except you is very strong and aplenty. I see these 2 being chopped from the Russia 18 squad. Onazi may survive it as vice captain for Mikel Obi will push for his inclusion, Joel Obi will not make it.

  • CHYBYKE 3 years ago

    John Ogu really impressed me..a combination of Ogu,Balogun and Ekong in a back 3 will be devastating…Ebuehi is a real Gem,he should start ahead of Shehu,Joel Obi should be dropped….for the first time in a while I was impressed with Odion Ighalo I can now see why he’s preferred by Rohr,Brian Idowu didn’t fully convince me..I wish we had better options at left back

  • GR, use 3-5-2 formation. Onazi and Joel obi should be dropped.

  • CHYBYKE 3 years ago

    Those Clamouring for the dropping of Onazi and Joel Obi say HI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • CHYBYKE 3 years ago

    Alex Iwobi is not a Winger,he should be our No.10 we need creative players like him in the midfield… I think Mikel should drop deeper and allow Iwobi to roam the midfield

  • Gideon S 3 years ago

    Our coach didn’t start the first half well by playing 4 2 3 1.. Ogu was solid helping in defense in 3 back line on second half.
    Combine Argentina and England friendly match, S E is very good to stand any Opponent with 3 back line.

    Is left for the coach to decide the formation in any game.

    In all England game is a good text. John Ogu is my man after Iwobi

    Our first choice goalkeeper is not bad, I think the 19years old guy is more confidence dealing with the area balls, and making him self big to deny Rahim S.

    Sorry Ola Aina, Joel Obi or Mike Agu to follow

  • CHARLES 3 years ago

    John Ogu,Etobo and Ebu impressed me,this coach is keeping some tactics and he doesn’t want our opponent to know whats up at the world cup,he knows his first team already by this match,i wish simon moses is fit,chelsea have coursed Nigeria moses because moses i know then is a fantastic dribbler but now he his just good in difference,i am relly disappointed watching onazi today but i hope he see’s this and improve before Ndidi or john ogu bench him because he almost gave me heart attack,ogu is a super soccer player but what can i know,the coach knows the best.Musa should try improve i beg him in the name of God

  • At this junction i don’t think is right to ask for any player to be dropped. That is left to the coach to decide because he is the one training them. As for Joel and Onazi the coach must have a reason using them together. They just need to be sit down, watch the video so that they can up their game. Truth be told their combination would have been the best had it been they click.g
    Onazi used to mark and tackled very well and for Obi we all know his offensive ability.

  • If rohrs makes such mistakes in the World Cup by starting players who could not leave to the billings it would hunt him… Course losing 2nill down at the World Cup is something else it takes the grace of God to fight back and win!!onazi n Joel obi na waste..i’m hoping to see etebo, Mikel and ndidi at the middle of the park

  • Onazi has proven to everyone that he doesn’t deserve a place @ d world cup..if not for sentiment Kelechi Nwakali should be in d plane to Russia…the next world cup is another 4 years, we need to make and impact in this one. GR should make d changes now b4 d selection door closes.

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  • Amaechi Ajah 3 years ago

    for our coach should 4get xperimentin cos nw is d main tin d final 23 has bin picked wt d xception of 2players from my our list (simon & aina). Now gernot rohr shud start tinkin fast on wch formation he shud go among d 3formations he has introduced d boyz to (4-4-2, 4-3-3 & 3-5-2). Bt as for me i wil kp sayin it John Ogu is d right deal missing in most of gernot rohr games wil need an xtra enforcer lik Ndidi in d midfield. d likes of Joel Obi nd Ogenyi Onazi cant do dat. Kudos to Simeon Nwankwo 4mkin d tin bt i pray it shyd nt b anoda Ogbeche or Uchebo or Nwafor @d mundial.

  • Kenneth Ugo 3 years ago

    How the Torino midfielder made the 30 or 23 man squad remains a mystery. He is not good enough and should not have made the team I suspect foul play with his inclusion.