Sterling said the tattoo had a "deeper meaning" adding that he would "never touch a gun in my life" and Southgate defended the player. Ian KINGTON / AFP Nigeria's striker Ahmed Musa (L) vies with England's defender Danny Rose during the global friendly football match between England and Nigeria at Wembley stadium in London on June 2, 2018.
How far do you think England can go in Russian Federation?
No goals though would come despite the promising spells, leaving England to walk away with the victory in their penultimate pre-World Cup warm-up showdown. "I think the England team have a good chance".
But John Obi Mikel, Nigeria's captain, actually thinks that England have "a very good chance" of going all the way in Russian Federation.
The scoreline may have been tight, but there were a few players on each side who gave a good account of themselves ahead of the big competition.
Despite the slow start, England had pace and controlled the game in the first 45 minutes.
On his first England appearance since October, Cahill headed in the opener in the seventh minute from Kieran Trippier's corner in front of 70,000 fans.
He said, "I think we played really well, with the ball especially". If you look at the Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking, you will see there are teams who are better than us.
The Eagles will finalise their preparations for the World Cup in Austria, where they will play a final test game against the Czech Republic on June 6 before they fly out to Russian Federation on June 11.
Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel impressed against England.
It's hard to read too much into worldwide friendlies, but Gareth Southgate's side looked like World Cup contenders in the first half.
England's team has changed significantly since the 31-year-old Mikel left Chelsea for China's Tianjin Teda in January 2017, and he said: "This is a very young England team, the same as Nigeria". Victor Moses was the last to arrive camp and he has had just one training session with us and will have another today (Friday).
Nigeria like England has qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, where they will play Croatia, Iceland, and Argentina.