England to play Nigeria, Costa Rica in World Cup warm-ups

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.

The Three Lions will take on Nigeria at Wembley on June 2 and then Costa Rica at Elland Road five days later before heading off for the tournament in Russian Federation.

In the same vein Gernot Rohr's men, who were drawn in Group D, begin their World Cup campaign against Croatia on June 16, before games against Iceland and Argentina.

England will play two friendly games in March.

"We're going into a World Cup where we will play African and Central American opposition, so we get that with the games against Nigeria and Costa Rica".

"We want to expose the team to different styles and different experiences".

England will conclude pool play against Group G top seeds Belgium on Jun 28.

The match to be decided at the famous Wembley Stadium would be the last tune up game for both countries before the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup campaign.

Nigerian coach Gernot Rohr has expressed delight at the opportunity to lead his team against the 1966 world champions ahead of the World Cup in Russian Federation.

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.

"This is good news for myself and the entire team. 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".

England has friendlies in March at Wembley against two teams that failed to qualify for the World Cup: the Netherlands and Italy.

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