England, Nigeria to face off in pre-World Cup game

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Photo: BeIN Sports
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The men’s national teams of England and Nigeria will go head to head in an international friendly a Wembley on 2 June.

The (English) FA and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) confirmed this on Wednesday.

On the website of The FA, it stated: “The Three Lions will host Nigeria at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 2 June (5.15pm kick-off) before moving north to Leeds United’s Elland Road to welcome Costa Rica on Thursday 7 June (8pm kick-off).”

The Nigerian federation, on the other hand, also confirmed in a statement: “The Nigeria Football Federation has confirmed that a prestige friendly match between the Super Eagles and England’s Three Lions will take place at the Wembley Stadium in London on Saturday, 2nd June 2018.”

It will be only the third time that both countries will meet at senior level. They meet first in 1994 in England in a friendly which the hosts won 1-0 and at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in a group game that finished 0-0.

The international friendly was first mooted three years ago, according to the NFF before its president Amaju Pinnick and one his deputies, Shehu Dikko, who is chairman of the League Management Company (LMC) that oversees the running of the Nigerian top division met with The FA chairman Greg Clarke in London to finalize the game.

Both countries will play in this year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia. Nigeria are in Group D alongside Argentina, Croatia and Iceland while England will face Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in Group G.

Nigeria’s Super Eagles also have tune up games scheduled for 23 March against Poland.

Former world champions England will also play Costa Rica at Elland Road, five days after the game against Nigeria as part of preparation for the World Cup.

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