England opened the scoring early on, after Nigeria went a man light, following Leon Balogun's clash of heads.
To say it didn't go down well with England fans would be an understatement.
"It is good that we have another opportunity to try a couple of things, when we play the Czech Republic on Wednesday". Far more good situations than in recent games.
England-based Victor Moses, Iwobi and Aina are all in contention to start while Odion Ighalo, John Mikel Obi and Ahmed Musa are also expected to play some part at the 82 000-capacity arena which Alli usually lords over in Tottenham Hotspur colours.
The Africans, who also head to Russian Federation later this month, pulled a goal back through Alex Iwobi shortly after the break but threatened only fleetingly for much of the game.
Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, making only his third worldwide appearance, hardly had a save to make in the first half.
He wrote: "One good thing about this England side that they r so bad that no one is expecting anything from them this Worldcup for the first time since 1966!"
"We have never had time to train really well, to really train about our system of play and all that because we have just one system of play".
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. "We were excellent in the first half and created a lot of chances", he said. But the visitors made their changes in the second-half and made a game of it.
England have a final World Cup friendly clash with Costa Rica on Thursday June 7, before making their way to Russian Federation.
Southgate has yet to settle on his preferred starting XI and fielded Jesse Lingard alongside fellow attacking midfielder Dele Alli on Saturday, providing England with pace and creativity that led to a string of first-half chances.