England to play Nigeria, Costa Rica in World Cup warm-ups


England have confirmed they will be playing friendly matches against Nigeria and Costa Rica as part of their preparations for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russian Federation.

Gareth Southgate's side will host Nigeria at Wembley Stadium on June 2 and then travel north where they entertain Costa Rica at Elland Road, Leeds United's ground on June 7.

"This is good news for myself and the entire team", Rohr said after the match against The Three Lions was confirmed by both Nigeria and England today.

England will prepare for the World Cup with friendlies against Nigeria and Costa Rica before flying to Russian Federation.

"We want to expose the team to different styles and different experiences".

Alongside their African and Central American oppositions, England will take on fellow European powerhouse, Belgium while Nigeria, in Group D, will battle Argentina, Croatia and debutant Iceland.

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

The match will be only the third between both countries at senior level, and will serve as the Super Eagles' final preparatory game for the FIFA World Cup finals in Russian Federation.

So the news that the England national team is to play Costa Rica at Elland Road in the build up to this summer's World Cup is fantastic news for the club and, indeed, for the city.

"We have other matches and programmes for the team, and we will soon roll out the entire plan for matches, camping sites and training camps, " he said in the statement.

His Nigeria counterparts Gernot Rohr said the tie was big enough to test the Super Eagles' readiness for the World Cup.