Nigeria to play int'l friendly with England before World Cup in Russian Federation

Sheri Evans
January 14, 2018

England have confirmed a friendly against Nigeria scheduled for June 2, ahead of Russian Federation 2018 World Cup.

The Three Lions tactician hinged his choice of the three-time African champions and the Central American side on the fact that they would be facing teams [Tunisia and Panama] from the regions in Group G at the global showpiece, hence the need to book the ties. "We played Argentina (in November 2017) without even knowing we were going to be in the same group at the Finals".

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

At Russia 2018, while the Eagles play Croatia, Iceland and Argentina in Group D, England are up against Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in Group G.

The match to be decided at the famous Wembley Stadium would be the last tune up game for both countries before the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup campaign.

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So the news that the England national team is to play Costa Rica at Elland Road in the build up to this summer's World Cup is fantastic news for the club and, indeed, for the city.

"This is good news for myself and the entire team. We will be able to test our readiness for the World Cup when we meet the Three Lions at Wembley".

"Certainly, it is going to be a big match, between two countries of remarkable historical affinity and similarities", he added. "It's nice when we have an opportunity to take the team on the road".

Southgate's men already have two friendlies scheduled for March, against Holland in Amsterdam and Italy at Wembley.

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