Nigeria’s Super Eagles are set to play England in a World Cup warm-up game in June, the general secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation Mohammed Sanusi has said.
“We plan to play a friendly against England in June, before the World Cup,” he said, adding that the venue and other details of the match were still to be worked out.
Both Nigeria and England will feature at next year’s World Cup in Russia.
The Super Eagles are drawn in Group D along with Argentina, Croatia and Iceland, while England are in Group G with Belgium, Panama and Tunisia.
Both countries have clashed once at this level, in November 1995, when England won 1-0 at Wembley courtesy of a David Platt headed goal.
Sanusi also said the Eagles would play at least one friendly before Russia 2018 in the country’s capital Abuja to show the team’s appreciation for the support of both the Nigerian government and people.
Nigeria international Isaac Success faces a prolonged spell on the sidelines after suffering a leg injury.
Although it is unknown the exact date the Watford star will be back in action, he has returned to the United Kingdom to receive treatment, along with former Chelsea starlet Nathaniel Chalobah who is recovering from a knee injury.
”Isaac Success has returned to England from Barcelona, Spain. He was given crutches to assist him to walk,” a top source told allnigeriasoccer.com.
”No date has been fixed for his comeback, he has not started training. He is receiving treatment every day, Chalobah and Success have appointments with the doctors every other day”.
It is a foregone conclusion that Success will not be invited for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Algeria and the friendly with Argentina when manager Gernot Rohr announces his squad list in the next one week.
The 21-year-old has not featured for the Golden Boys in the Premier League this season.
Source: All Nigeria Soccer