The Super Eagles will face the Three Lions of England in a warm-up friendly for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The fixture was announced by the English Football Association. They will also face Costa Rica on the 7th of June, five days after they play Nigeria.

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 Russia, with their first match against Croatia in Kaliningrad coming exactly two weeks after.

NFF 1st Vice President and Chairman of the Federation’s Organizing Committee, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, said “The match is now confirmed. We had been doing a lot of work in the background, even going back to last year.

“Now, we are happy to say that it is all sealed. Certainly, it is going to be a big match, between two countries of remarkable historical affinity and similarities.

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“We have other matches and programs for the team, and we will soon roll out the entire plan for matches, camping sites and training camps.”

England have been paired alongside Belgium, Panama and Tunisia in Group G.

Gareth Southgate’s men are next in action in March when they face the Netherlands at the Amsterdam Arena on Friday 23rd March and Italy at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday 27th March.

England topped their group in qualifying and coach Southgate sees the Nigerians and Costa Ricans as ideal preparation for two of their first-round opponents Tunisia and debutants Panama.

“We’ve mostly played European opposition up to now and the Brazil game (a 0-0 draw in a friendly in November) acted as a reminder that we need to challenge ourselves in different ways as a team,” said Southgate.

“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.”

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