Russian Federation 2018: Rohr excited as NFF confirms England friendly for Eagles

Alfred Osborne
January 14, 2018

The last time Nigeria and England met in a friendly match was at Wembley and the Three Lions ran away with a 1-0 victory via David Platt's header.

England will prepare for the World Cup with friendlies against Nigeria and Costa Rica before flying to Russian Federation.

"We want to expose the team to different styles and different experiences", he said.

The World Cup draw put England in Group G, alongside Tunisia, Panama and Belgium.

Gernot Rohr's side started their World Cup preparation on a high after handing a 4-2 defeat to La Albiceleste in November.

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The match will be only the third between both countries at senior level, and will serve as the Super Eagles' final preparatory game for the FIFA World Cup finals in Russian Federation, with their first match against Croatia in Kaliningrad coming exactly two weeks after.

Southgate's team, who made it to the finals with an unbeaten record during the qualifying campaign, are due to play the Netherlands in Amsterdam on March 27 before facing fellow World Cup absentees Italy at Wembley four days later.

"This is good news for myself and the entire team".

According to him, the match is now confirmed and sealed and it is going to be a big match between two countries of remarkable historical affinity and similarities. "We will be able to test our readiness for the World Cup when we meet the Three Lions at Wembley", the 64 year-old said. Akinwunmi who is also the chairman of the federation's Organizing Committee said. "It's nice when we have an opportunity to take the team on the road".

Meanwhile, the Super Eagles already have a confirmed date for a friendly against Poland in Warsaw on March 23.

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