The Super Eagles of Nigeria are set to play England in a friendly game in June as part of preparations for the 2018 World Cup in Russia next summer.
This was disclosed by the general secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mohammed Sanusi who said the match against the Three Lions will be one of many to get the team in shape for the Mundial.
“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 take part in next year’s World Cup in Russia, with the Super Eagles drawn in Group D along with Argentina, Croatia and Iceland.
Former world champions England, meanwhile have been drawn in Group G with Belgium, Panama and Tunisia.
Nigeria and England are no strangers to each other having twice clashed at this level before, first in November 1994 when England won 1-0 at Wembley courtesy of a David Platt headed goal, and at the 2002 World Cup group stage.
Sanusi added that 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.
Three-time African champions Nigeria completed an excellent qualification campaign by clinching the World Cup ticket with a game to spare, and will be looking to progress beyond the last 16 for the first time after five previous appearances.