Super Eagles’ Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr
told thenff.com : “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
While the Super Eagles play Croatia, Iceland and
Argentina in Group D, the Three Lions are up against
Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in Group G in Russia.
England is one of only eight countries to have won any
of the previous 20 editions of the FIFA World Cup
On 30th July 1966, following a 4-2 defeat of then
West Germany after extra time in the Final, Captain
Bobby Moore climbed old Wembley’s 39 steps to
receive football’s most coveted prize from Queen
Nigeria and England first clashed at senior level on
16th November 1994, also at the old Wembley
Stadium. David Platt’s headed goal towards the end of
the first half separated both teams.
Both teams met again at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
The encounter at the Nagai Stadium in Osaka, Japan
on 12th June 2002 ended 0-0, with the Super Eagles
being eliminated from the finals at the group stage.