Raheem Sterling nearly made it 2-0 for the hosts in the 13th minute after going through inside the box but his lobbed effort over goalkeeper Francis Uzoho sailed wide.
England manager Gareth Southgate has explained his decision to make Harry Kane the national side's captain for this summer's World Cup, admitting that the Tottenham striker's genuine belief at success has made his mentality ahead of the competition ideal for a skipper.
Including the incredible Trippier corner that allowed Gary Cahill to give England the lead.
Rather than use Harry Kane as the focal point in attack, Gareth Southgate instead deployed the Tottenham striker alongside Manchester City ace Raheem Sterling in a 3-1-4-2 formation.
The game ended 2-1 in favour of the hosts. The home side started the game strongly, with the Nigerian players looking out of sorts.
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The Super Eagles needed a second-half response and quickly delivered after a change of shape to match their opponents, Iwobi side-footing in after Ighalo's shot came back off the post.
It was a dream start for the Three Lions, who oozed astounding confidence throughout the first half, finding plenty of space to penetrate the Nigerians in all compartments. Dele hadn't hit anyone yet, or dived to win a penalty, so what could have angered them so much?
Kieran Trippier and Ashley Young have been preferred at wing-back, with Kyle Walker continuing to play a part of a back three in front of goalkeeper Jordan Pickford. And it is not as if England were at their dazzling best. No one should blame Onigbinde for the players that were not picked, I challenge anyone who says that.
Cahill's England future has looked shaky at times this season.
He will announce his final 23-man squad for Russian Federation 2018 after this England game. His early goal was a positive start for the Three Lions and he helped organise England's defence and ensured they didn't capitulate after conceding after 47 minutes.