England To Play Nigeria And Costa Rica Ahead Of World Cup

England confirm Nigeria friendly

Nigeria will play England in an global friendly in June ahead of this year's FIFA World Cup in Russia, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) confirmed here on Wednesday.

England will host Nigeria at Wembley on June 2 before playing against Costa Rica five days later at Leeds United Stadium, Elland Road.

First Vice-president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Seyi Akinwunmi, confirmed on Wednesday details of the friendly game. "We're going into a World Cup where we will play African and Central American opposition..."

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

Nigerian coach Gernot Rohr has expressed delight at the opportunity to lead his team against the 1966 world champions ahead of the World Cup in Russian Federation.


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.

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

His Nigeria counterparts Gernot Rohr said the tie was big enough to test the Super Eagles' readiness for the World Cup. "It's nice when we have an opportunity to take the team on the road". England is a very strong team presently and I believe they will give us a very good match. Akinwunmi who is also the chairman of the federation's Organizing Committee said.

The Super Eagles already have a confirmed date with Poland (1974 and 1982 World Cup bronze medalists, and who play Senegal, Colombia and Japan in Group H in Russia) in Warsaw on 23rd March.

Their World Cup campaign begins against Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18.

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