Nigeria Super Eagles drop Ola Aina, Mikel Agu from World Cup squad

Arnold Nichols
June 5, 2018

Nigerian player John Mikel Obi trains at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt, on May 28, / Nigeria played against DR Congo as part of their build-up for the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation next month.

The newly capped Super Eagles' striker, believes the friendly against the Three Lions of England at Wembley will offer the Eagles an opportunity to showcase their strength ahead of the World Cup, which kicks off in 14 days.

Goals from Gary Cahill and Harry Kane rewarded England's first-half dominance at Wembley before Nigeria produced an improved display in the second period, pulling one back through Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi.

Southgate still has time to work on those tactical issues as England have one more friendly - against Costa Rica in Leeds on Thursday - before they fly to Russian Federation for their Group G opener against Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18. The two teams put all the experiences they have had in the works when the open campaign June 16 at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Russian Federation. "This game shows we still have a lot of work to do to be ready for the World Cup", Rohr said after the game. The Eagles were cleanly disrobed of all illusions in a fire-and-brimstone first 45 minutes, but at the end of the final whistle, they left the Wembley turf as men who have lost their cataracts and certain assumptions and know exactly what to do when they take to the pitch at the World Cup in Russian Federation in two weeks. It's time to focus.

Gernot Rohr's side are in Group D alongside Argentina - who they beat 4-2 in November - Iceland and Croatia.

Former Chelsea midfielder Mikel played the whole 90 minutes and was impressed by what he saw from Southgate's men.

As it turns out, the boos are thought to be the Nigerian fans' way of venting their frustration towards the Spurs midfielder for choosing to play for England instead of Nigeria.

"He's in England, and struggling for his life, and we will play for him at this World Cup".

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