The Super Eagles of Nigeria will play the Three Lions of England at the iconic Wembley Stadium in London on June 2.
The tuneup encounter will take place at the Wembley Stadium five days before Gareth Southgate’s men travel to Leeds to take on Costa Rica at Elland Road.
The Three Lions tactician hinged his choice of the three-time African champions and the Central American side on the fact that they would be facing teams [Tunisia and Panama] from the regions in Group G at the global showpiece, hence the need to book the ties.
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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 in Russia.
Seyi Akinwunmi, NFF’s First Vice President and Chairman of the Federation’s Organising Committee, Seyi Akinwunmi, disclosed this in a statement by the federation’s Communications Department on Wednesday.
“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,’’ he said in the statement.
Akinwunmi added that the NFF decided to be strategic in its choice of opponents for the Super Eagles leading to the World Cup. He said also that it was in total agreement with the preferences of the Technical Adviser.
“That is why we opted for England. We played Argentina (in November 2017) without even knowing we were going to be in the same group at the Finals.”
The statement added that Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, was elated about the development.
“This is good news for myself and the entire team. England is a very strong team presently and I believe they will give us a very good match.
“We will be able to test our readiness for the World Cup when we meet the Three Lions at Wembley.”