Russian Federation 2018: Rohr excited over friendly England


England have announced a pair of global friendlies as manager Gareth Southgate continues his planning for the 2018 World Cup.

Gareth Southgate's side will play Nigeria at Wembley on 2 June and Costa Rica at Leeds United's Elland Road stadium on 7 June as they prepare for the summer tournament in Russian Federation.

Nigeria are in the same group as Croatia, Iceland and old foes Argentina.

"We want to expose the team to different styles and different experiences". England is a very strong team presently and I believe they will give us a very good match.

England - whose best World Cup performance since the winning the tournament in 1966 was a semi-final penalty shootout loss to West Germany in 1990 - already have Netherlands and Italy, two giants of the world game who failed to qualify for Russian Federation lined-up for friendlies in March.

NAN reports that Nigeria came from two goals down to defeat two-time world champions Argentina 4-2 in that match in Krasnodar on November 14, 2017.

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The Three Lions are up against the Super Eagles at the iconic Wembley on June 2.

Gareth Southgate's men are in World Cup Group G, along with Tunisia, Panama and Belgium.

A David Platt goal secured a 1-0 win at Wembley in 1994 before the two countries battled out a goalless draw at the 2002 World Cup.

The encounter at the Nagai Stadium in Osaka, Japan on June 12, 2002 ended 0-0, with the Super Eagles being eliminated from the finals at the group stage.

Poland are 1974 and 1982 World Cup bronze medalists, and they play Senegal, Colombia and Japan in Group H in Russian Federation.