England confirms Nigeria friendly ahead of Russia 2018 World Cup


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England confirms Nigeria friendly ahead of Russia 2018 World Cup
Posted on: December 20, 2017, 08:38:13 AM
Based on a report by independent.co.uk, England has confirmed that it will play a friendly game with Nigeria at the Wembley Stadium as part of its 2018 World Cup preparations.

The Super Eagles will be one of two opponents for England, the other likely to be against Latin American opposition, before they depart for Russia, the report said.

It added that the English Football Association wanted England to face African opposition ahead of their World Cup opener against Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18, adding that it considered facing Ghana or Senegal

“But England have chosen Nigeria, with the popular following the Nigerian national team thought to have been a factor behind the decision.

“England will make the announcement official once their second June friendly has been confirmed,” the paper said.

After playing the two friendlies, Gareth Southgate and his squad will fly to Russia and to their training base in Repino, a town just north of St. Petersburg, towards the Finnish border. Then they will head to Volgograd to face Tunisia, Nizhny Novgorod for Panama and Kaliningrad to play Belgium on June 28.

Nigeria had earlier secured a March 23 date with Poland, which is also one of the teams that qualified for the World Cup.

Poland is housed in Group H alongside Japan, Colombia and Senegal.


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