England Manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed the Three Lions will face the Super Eagles of Nigeria in a friendly match at Wembley believing the tie will toughen his side ahead of the FIFA 2018 World Cup.
He also confirmed his side would confront Central American side Costa Rica on June 6 and noted that he carefully chose the matches because of the pedigree of the two teams.
The last time Nigeria and England met in a friendly match was at Wembley and the Three Lions ran away with a 1-0 victory via David Platta��s header. The two teams met later at the Japan/Korea 2002 World Cup and the encounter ended goalless.
Southgate is happy the FA was able to finalise negotiation regarding the games and said it would help his team greatly.
a�?Wea��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, but ita��s not just about the games wea��ve got in the group but hopefully beyond that as well.
a�?We want to expose the team to different styles and different experiences,a�? he said.
His Nigeria counterparts Gernot Rohr said the tie was big enough to test the Super Eaglesa�� readiness for the World Cup.
a�?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,a�? Rohr toldA�thenff.com.