Super Eagles and England's Three Lions to face each other at Wembley on June 2 in pre-World Cup friendly

NIGERIAN Football Federation (NFF) and English Football Association officials have reached an agreement under which the Super eagles will play England at Wembley Stadium on June 2 as part of both teams' World cup preparations.


Both England and Nigeria are due to feature in this summer's World Cup starting in Russia on June 16 and need to play a series of friendly games to get their teams prepared. There are two Fifa friendly windows in March and Nigeria is already poised to play Poland on March 23 and the NFF is busy negotiating another match for the 27th.


Super Eagles head coach Gernot Rohr has said he needs between five and six games to get his team fully prepared for the World Cup and two of these matches has been finalised. He and the NFF are now planning to get an opponent for March 27 and two more matches, including one to be played in Nigeria before the team flies out to Russia.


England for its will play Nigeria at Wembley on June 2 and then face Costa Rica at Elland Road, the Leeds United ground on June 7 in their final friendly matches ahead of the World Cup. During the March Fifa window, Gareth Southgate's side will play the Dutch on the 23rd in Amsterdam, before hosting Italy at Wembley on March 27.


Southgate said: "We'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 it's not just about the games we've got in the group but hopefully beyond that as well. We want to expose the team to different styles and different experiences."


England have been drawn against Tunisia, Panama and Belgium in group G of the World Cup, while Nigeria face Argentina, Croatia and Iceland in Group D. In past encounters, England drew 0-0 with Costa Rica at the 20124 World Cup and also played a 0-0 draw with Nigeria at the 2002 tournament.


Southgate had initially planned for three games in June prior to the squad's departure for Russia but he has now settled on two fixtures. His preparations will not be finalised until he knows whether an English club side has reached the Champions League final in Kiev on Saturday May 26, which still features five Premiership teams.