*Says match good test to assess Eagles
Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr is excited at the news of a pre-World Cup match between his team and the Three Lions of England at Wembley on June 2 as he continues to try out players that will make the final list for the Russia 2018 World Cup.
Describing the Gareth Southgate-tutored English side as presently constituted as a very strong side, Rohr who recently said only players who have enough playing time with their clubs will make his team said the Wembley encounter would help him test the readiness of his squad.
“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.”
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, with their first match against Croatia in Kaliningrad coming exactly two weeks after.
NFF 1st Vice President and Chairman of the Federation’s Organizing Committee, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi said, “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.”
Akinwunmi added: “We decided 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. 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.”