Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr has enthused that his side will get a good build-up test from England in their forthcoming international friendly on June 2, as he acknowledges that The Three Lions are currently in good form.
Rohr stated in the aftermath of Wednesday’s confirmation of a much-talked about clash between Nigeria and England that his side can expect a tough test to their World Cup credentials, in what he predicts would be a good match between the historically connected teams.
Rohr is delighted after Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) confirmed that the friendly match will take place at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday, June 2.
While the Super Eagles play Croatia, Iceland and Argentina in Group D, the Three Lions are up against Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in Group G in Russia.
The NFF had also earlier confirmed dates for the Eagles with Poland in Warsaw on 23 March, as well as two other options for 27 March and 27 May, but Rohr says the clash with England is special.
The Three Lions are one of only eight teams to have won any of the previous 20 editions of the FIFA World Cup, with their triumph back on home soil in 1966.
Nigeria and England first clashed at senior level on 16th November 1994, also at the old Wembley Stadium. David Platt’s headed goal towards the end of the first half separated both teams.
Both teams met again at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, in an encounter at Nagai Stadium in Osaka, Japan on 12th June that ended 0-0, with the Eagles being eliminated from the finals at the group stage.
Ahead of their next clash, Rohr said: “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.”