'Some slightly better decision making or quality and we would have scored more'.
Pickford made his third appearance for England on Saturday, while 25-year-old Butland has won seven caps and Pope, 26, is yet to make his debut.
Despite conceding, Pickford did little wrong for England today, with the 24-year-old carrying out his basic goalkeeping duties well.
"I so much believe in the team and the ability of the players, individually they may not be skillful as the 1994 squad but they play as a team", he said.
"I've told the players what we're looking for in these two matches and haven't told them the team yet".
However, Nigeria perked up in the second period and got themselves back in the game through Iwobi.
"I was really pleased with the first half".
Sterling's attitude and work-rate can not be questioned and he will be a key figure in Southgate's World Cup line-up - but the cutting edge needs to return before the serious action gets under way in Russian Federation.
A big decision must also be made in midfield, where Rohr may be tempted to rush Wilfred Ndidi back to the starting XI.
"But then we kept the ball better and got used to their formation and in the end, saw the game out well".
Never mind the "Hand of God", Maradona's second effort in this quarter-final - when he picked up the ball in his own half and beat the entire England defence before slotting past Peter Shilton - deserves to go down as the greatest World Cup goal of all time.
The resulting corner saw Chelsea defender Gary Cahill escape the attentions of former Dutch youth worldwide William Troost-Ekong and his former Stamford Bridge colleague John Obi Mikel to emphatically head home sixty seconds later.
Speaking during a live commentary on BBC Radio, Waddle said: "Super Eagles Coach Gernot Rohr, will be very disappointed in what he has seen so far".