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Int'l friendly: England challenge excites Super Eagles boss - FCNaija

Super Eagles By: Collins Udeme | 11/01/2018

Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr says he is delighted with the arranged international friendly fixture between his side and England.

The Nigeria Football Federation on Wednesday confirmed that a prestige friendly match between the Super Eagles and the Three Lions of Engalnd will take place at the Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday, 2nd June 2018.

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Reacting to the confirmation of this fixture which FCNaija had reported back in November, Rohr said: "This is good news for myself and the entire team.

"England is a very strong team presently and I believe they will give us a very good match. We will be able to test our readiness for the World Cup when we meet the Three Lions at Wembley." the Eagles boss told NFF's media unit

While the Super Eagles play Croatia, Iceland and Argentina in Group D, the Three Lions will tackle Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in Group G net summer.

England is one of only eight countries to have won any of the previous 20 editions of the FIFA World Cup finals.

Nigeria and England first clashed at senior level on November 16, 1994, also at the old Wembley Stadium. David Platt’s headed goal towards the end of the first half separated both teams.

Both teams met again at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The encounter at the Nagai Stadium in Osaka, Japan on 12th June 2002 ended 0-0, with the Super Eagles being eliminated from the finals at the group stage.

Three-time African champions, Nigeria came from two goals down to defeat two-time world champions Argentina 4-2 in that match in Krasnodar on 14th November 2017.

The Super Eagles already have a confirmed date with Poland (1974 and 1982 World Cup bronze medallists, and who play Senegal, Colombia and Japan in Group H in Russia) in Warsaw on 23rd March. Other dates are 27th March and 27th May.
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