After flopping for England at Euro 2016, Sterling has a point to prove and his fine form in City's Premier League title-winning campaign was on display in his eye-catching first-half performance.
"It was a good win against a tough side".
England were comfortably the better team and looked far superior to their opponents.
Sterling had apologised to his team-mates after Southgate laid down the law but that wasn't his only issue since he joined up with England as the 23-year-old was forced to defend his new tattoo of an M16 assault rifle. If we can combine those together in the ideal way then we can go far.
"Second half they scored and it puts the pressure on but we got back into it an kept the ball and came back well". It was a decent exercise for us to adjust to that.
Just before the restart, Gernot Rohr made four changes and the sleeping West African giants rose to the occasion.
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"It is to be expected but at the same time it would be nice if it was positive", Cahill said of the stories regarding England players leading into a big tournament.
Nigeria did have one final sight of goal on the stroke of half time when Victor Moses worked space to shoot, but again it was straightforward for Pickford and England went into the break with a comfortable lead. So credit to him.
The England coach picked a strong team and was rewarded with an impressive first-half performance and goals from Kane and Cahill.
England play their final warm-up game against Costa Rica at Elland Road, Leeds on Thursday, 7 June.
"In the first half our usual formation didn't work".
Unfortunately the moment that will likely generate the most headlines from this match will be Raheem Sterling's second half simulation.
"We don't want to do that".