The halcyon days of building up an England team as potential world champions on the basis of a decent half in a friendly have long since died a slow death, killed off by serial disappointments and the discomforting encroaching reality of England’s real place in the world game.
So no one was ready to pronounce that this was England restored after as good a first-half display they have shown under Gareth Southgate.
Which was sagacious given that, as if to dampen any burgeoning expectation, this team then amply demonstrated their vulnerabilities in the second half.
Gary Cahill put Gareth Southgate's men into the lead early on at Wembley with a thumping header from a corner kick
The England defender got above his marker and powerfully headed the ball into the top corner of the net to score the opener
Harry Kane's struck a low drive from long range through the hands of the Nigeria keeper to double England's advantage
Nigeria came out a different side after the break and halved the deficit through Alex Iwobi's well-placed finish
MATCH FACTS, PLAYER RATINGS AND MATCH ZONE
England (3-4-3): Pickford 6, Trippier 7.5, Stones 5.5, Cahill 7, Walker 6, Young 6.5 (Rose 67) 6, Dier 6, Lingard 6 (Loftus-Cheek 67) 6, Alli 6.5 (Delph 81) 6, Sterling 7 (Rashford 73) 6, Kane 6.5 (Welbeck 73) 5.5
Subs not used: Pope, Heaton, Butland, Maguire, Livermore, Lallana, Vardy
Goalscorers: Cahill (7), Kane (39)
Manager: Gareth Southgate 6.5
Nigeria (4-3-3): Uzoho 5; Shehu 5 (Oghenekaro 6, 45), Haddad 5.5, Balogun 5 (Ogu 6, 45), Idowu 6; Mikel 6, Obi 5 (Omeruo 6, 45), Onazi 5 (Ebuehi 6.5, 45); Moses 6 (Musa 6, 63), Ighalo 6 (Iheanacho 6, 77), Iwobi 6.5
Subs not used: Akpeyi, Ezenwa, Aina, Echiejile, Ndidi, Simy, Awaziem, Agu
Goalscorers: Iwobi (47)
Manager: Gernot Rohr 6
Referee: Marco Guida 6
Star Man: Trippier