In the end, neither side could carve out another clear-cut opening as the clash ended 2-1 in favour of England.
As hard as they tried, Nigeria were unable to break through the defence of the home side who marshalled their lines very well. It was a different story entirely, as the Super Eagles came back with goal in the second half and pulled one back through Alex Iwobi.
Gary Cahill and Raheem Sterling are both handed starts in England's friendly global with Nigeria at Wembley Stadium.
There wasn't that much wrong with how the team played but after getting a two-goal lead in a dominant first-half performance, England were much less impressive when Nigeria got back into the game in the second period.
The goal was Nigeria's first ever against England, but they were not content to settle for just one and immediately started pushing for an equaliser as England suddenly found themselves under sustained pressure for the first time.
Looking back it is easy to form the conclusion that England have lost the knack of playing well in tournaments, or that players are too exhausted by the Premier League season to be at their best in summer. "There was a lot of unselfish one and two-touch play".
Meanwhile, the England chief gave no clues as to which of his three goalkeepers would start.
Gareth Southgate will likely field either Jordan Pickford or Jack Butland as his number one in Russian Federation this summer with Nick Pope third choice for the Three Lions.