England to play Nigeria, Costa Rica in World Cup warm-ups
England to play Nigeria, Costa Rica in World Cup warm-ups
14 January, 2018, 18:53
England will play two warm-up games in June before flying to Russian Federation, with the Football Association also set to confirm a Wembley friendly against Nigeria on June 2.
Rohr told the nff.com official website:"This is good news for myself and the entire team".
With Tunisia and Panama among the World Cup group G opponents, the Nigeria and Costa Rica games will be a vital opportunity for Southgate to try tactics against non-European sides.
Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr believes England will give his players the ideal test of their readiness for the World Cup when they meet in a friendly in June.
England will conclude pool play against Group G top seeds Belgium on Jun 28.
He also confirmed his side would confront Central American side Costa Rica on June 6 and noted that he carefully chose the matches because of the pedigree of the two teams. We had been doing a lot of work in the background, even going back to past year. "Certainly, it is going to be a big match, between two countries of remarkable historical affinity and similarities", added NFF vice-president Seyi Akinwunmi.
"We want to expose the team to different styles and different experiences", he said.
Akinwunmi added: "We chose to be strategic in our choice of opponents for the Super Eagles leading to the World Cup, and in total agreement with the preferences of the Technical Adviser".
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