But when invited to put the issue to bed he demurred, opening a slim chance for Butland to play the final warm-up fixture at Elland Road on Thursday.
14 May was set as deadline for participating member associations to release a list of 30 players, which Nigeria also complied with.
England and Nigeria have faced each other twice: the two teams drew 0-0 at the 2002 World Cup, while the Three Lions won a friendly 1-0 back in 1994.
Nigeria went two-goals down in the first 45 minutes courtesy of a Gary Cahill's header and a bullet of a shot from Harry Kane. "It is good that we have another opportunity to try a couple of things when we play the Czech Republic on Wednesday".
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that captain of the side, Mikel Obi, said that the team have no excuse not to do well at the football's world showpiece in Russian Federation.
He said: 'I think we played really well, with the ball especially. But if we don't win the first match, the question is do we have the character to come back?
Alli (whose full first name is Bamidele) was eligible to represent the African nation through his Nigerian father, but chose to throw his lot in with England where he was born and has lived all his life.
But the Nigeria boss blamed their slow start on fatigue caused by a hard journey to England and rain that stopped them training the day before the match.
Nigeria are in a group dubbed the "group of death" with Argentina, Croatia and Iceland.