Super Eagles trio make World Cup best XI

Super Eagles By: Linus Onyeze | 02/07/2018

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The Super Eagles may have been sent packing from the group stage of the World Cup, but three of their players have been named in the best rated XI of players who have been eliminated from the competition.

The trio of Keneth Omeruo, Wilfred Ndidi and Oghenekaro Etebo have been included in authoritative football analysis and statistics website’s best rated XI of players to have been eliminated from the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

They are joined on the list by notable names like Germany’s Mats Hummels and Jonas Hector, Serbia defender Branislav Ivanovic and Son Heung -Min of South Korea in the XI deployed in a 4-4-2 formation.

Etebo, who signed for Stoke City prior to the start of the competition made a huge impact for the Super Eagles in Russia.

The 22-year-old completed all but one of his 17 attempted dribbles and made a combined total of 14 tackles and interceptions.

Only Lionel Messi and Neymar completed more dribbles than Etebo during the first round of games.

Etebo’s midfield partner Wilfred Ndidi makes the cut with a hugely impressive showing for the Super Eagles.

The Leicester star made more tackles (15) and interceptions (12) than any other player in the group stages of the World Cup to once more showcase his quality to the watching world.


Cho Hyun-Woo – South Korea


Branislav Ivanovic – Serbia

Mats Hummels – Germany

Kenneth Omeruo – Nigeria

Jonas Hector – Germany


Andre Carrillo – Peru

Oghenekaro Etebo – Nigeria

Wilfred Ndidi – Nigeria

Salem Al Dawsari – Saudi Arabia


Son Heung-Min – South Korea

Wahbi Khazri – Tunisia