England friendly excites Rohr 

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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

Wembley.”

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

finals.

On 30th July 1966, following a 4-2 defeat of then

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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

Elizabeth.

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.

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