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England include unlucky goalkeeper on their bench for pre-World Cup friendly

June 23 2018, 04:33 | Van Peters

Gabriel Heinze scoring the only goal as Argentina beat Nigeria in 2010

Gabriel Heinze scoring the only goal as Argentina beat Nigeria in 2010

Saturday's friendly kicks off at 18:00 (CAT), and on top of its high-profile nature Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has suggested that he will pick his likely World Cup starting team to play against Gareth Southgate's England.

In the aftermath of the Super Eagles' 1-2 loss to England, captain John Mikel Obi has analysed his team's performance.

On account of what he saw, Mikel believes England "have a good chance" of going all the way in Russian Federation.

14 May was set as deadline for participating member associations to release a list of 30 players, which Nigeria also complied with. Obviously there is a long way to go, but yeah, we've just got to do what we done today.

Dele Alli was subjected to jeers from the large contingent of Nigeria supporters, who recalled his decision to snub their country in favour of representing England.

Elderson Echiejile, who was knocked out of the Brazil 2014 World Cup by injury, Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi, FA Cup winner Victor Moses, Odion Ighalo, struggling Leicester forward Kelechi Iheanacho, Crotone's goalscoring sensation Simeon Nwankwo and recuperating Leicester's Young Player of the Year Wilfred Ndidi made the cut.

"The front four, some of the movement and interplay, we looked a threat with plenty of pace", he continued.

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John Obi Mikel had a crack at goal for the visitors 20 minutes before time but Pickford was on hand to keep out the midfielder's long range strike.

"We have to make the best use of the two weeks left before our first game in Russian Federation".

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Their first World Cup group game is against Tunisia in Volgograd.

"Nevertheless, Raheem has been fantastic with it all, he manages that situation very, very well".

"For some reason, not a lot of us or not a lot of us believe in it". "I do think because the youthfulness, the energy in this team you can feel it".

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