Nigeria to play England in June friendly

Nigeria and England are set to play in a World Cup warm-up game in June, according to the general secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Mohammed Sanusi.

The two countries will feature in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with Nigeria drawn in Group D along with Argentina, Croatia and Iceland. England will play in Group G alongside Belgium, Panama and one of Africa representatives, Tunisia.

Already England are scheduled to play the Netherlands in a friendly on March 23 before hosting Italy four days later. They will meet Tunisia in their World Cup opener at the Volgograd Arena on June 18.

The Nigerian managers have only spoken of meeting England as they continue to negotiate with other teams. Just before the World Cup draw in Russia held December 1, the Nigeria FA boss stated that the final draw could help determine the countries to settle for in the choice of friendly games.

“We plan to play a friendly against England in June, before the World Cup,” Sanusi said on Wednesday, adding that the venue and other details of the match were still to be worked out.

There has been no confirmation from the English Football Association on pre-World Cup friendlies.

The two countries met in a friendly in November 1994, which England won 1-0 at Wembley courtesy of a David Platt goal.

They then played out a 0-0 draw in the group stages of the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan, with the point helping England advance from Group F.