Nigeria To Play England June 2

England last played a game in Yorkshire in 2002 when they lost 2-1 to Italy at Elland Road

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 Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018 World Cup.

Before games against Nigeria and Costa Rica, England will play Netherlands and Italy in March.

"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".

Southgate says "we want to expose the team to different styles and different experiences".

Manager Gareth Southgate is confident that the fixtures will help prepare England for their World Cup opener as well as their second group match against Panama on Jun 24.

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Nigerian national football team German head coach, Gernot Rohr celebrates after the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying football match between Nigeria and Zambia in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, on October 7, 2017.

Rohr told the nff.com official website:"This is good news for myself and the entire team".

"Certainly, it is going to be a big match, between two countries of remarkable historical affinity and similarities", he added.

David Platt's headed goal towards the end of the first half separated both teams, before both teams met again at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. "It's nice when we have an opportunity to take the team on the road". Akinwunmi who is also the chairman of the federation's Organizing Committee said.

The Super Eagles already have a confirmed date with Poland in Warsaw on March 23, with other dates being March 27 and May 27.

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