Thursday, 11 January 2018

Nigeria And England Confirm Friendly Tie At Wembley Ahead Of WC

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Wednesday in Abuja said a friendly match between the Super Eagles and England's Three Lions would hold at the Wembley Stadium in London on June 2nd.
The match will be only the third between both countries at senior level, and will serve as the Super Eagles' final preparatory game for the FIFA World Cup finals taking place in Russia this year.

The Eagles' first match at Russia 2018 is against Croatia in Kaliningrad exactly two weeks after.

Seyi Akinwunmi, NFF's First Vice President and Chairman of the Federation's Organising Committee, disclosed this in a statement by the federation's Communications Department on Wednesday.
He said: "The match is now confirmed. We had been doing a lot of work in the background, even going back to last year.

"Now, we are happy to say that it is all sealed. Certainly, it is going to be a big match, between two countries of remarkable historical affinity and similarities.

"We have other matches and programmes for the team, and we will soon roll out the entire plan for matches, camping sites and training camps."
England manager Gareth Southgate also confirmed the  encounter as well as the June 7 date against Costa Rica at Leeds United’s Elland Road Stadium.
The England manager said: "We're going into a World Cup where we will play African and Central American opposition, so we get that with the games against Nigeria and Costa Rica, but it's not just about the games we've got in the group but hopefully beyond that as well.

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

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