And despite his penchant for simulation, Alli was in fact being jeered by Nigerian fans for turning down the chance to represent the Super Eagles.
"I felt like I played well and scored a goal but more importantly there are lots of positives for the team".
- Alex Iwobi's goal was the first Nigeria have ever scored in an worldwide match against England, in what is the third meeting between the two nations.
Aina agrees, and says although the banter will be friendly, Alli will still get an earful.
He said after the 2-1 win over Nigeria: "I think we've been pretty clear for a fair while, but there is real competition for places in certain areas of the pitch".
Nigeria continued their preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a 2-1 loss to England at Wembley Stadium in a friendly global on Saturday evening.
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"I want to keep on improving, I'm working with a good manager in Mauricio Pochettino who is hungry to help every player".
"We also won the ball back quickly, and played from back with good composure".
"It is important for us not to think we can win the World Cup", Rohr said.
After the break though they dropped their level with Iwobi pulling a goal back after he had set up Ighalo and his shot came back off a post. Last week in Port Harcourt we played Simy and saw what he can offer to the team.
"We have all our players in camp".
Harry Kane said rival nations see England as a threat at the World Cup after he urged his team to believe ahead of the Russian Federation showpiece.
"He knows he's got our support, he understands how some people have perceived the tattoo", Southgate said Friday. Ben STANSALL / AFP Nigeria's German manager Gernot Rohr (C) speaks to his players on the pitch after the worldwide friendly football match between England and Nigeria at Wembley stadium in London on June 2, 2018.