Gernot Rohr is keeping his World Cup cards up his sleeve, but the Nigeria coach is set play a strong hand in Saturday’s mouth-watering friendly against Nigeria.
With the World Cup set to kick off in just two-week time, England and Nigeria are set to grab the momentum by getting the results in the upcoming warm-up friendlies.
Whilst Saturday’s tie at Wembley will be the first of two checks for the Three Lions, Nigeria have already been in action on Monday playing only a disappointing 1-1 draw to continental rivals Congo DR.
Bouncing back after such a poor showing will be quite a challenging task for Gernot Rohr and his men.
The German manager generally has a decent quality in his ranks with some of the Premier League stars set to defend the green colors of the Super Eagles in Russia. Victor Moses was rested in the mentioned draw with Congo and he should make an appearance here against England, while Kelechi Iheanacho should be the main target in the final third.
Rohr gave a clue Friday that skipper John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses, Odion Ighalo, Alex Iwobi, Ogenyi Onazi, Shehu Abdullahi and Brian Idowu will all face Spain in a strong line-up, although KAA Gent winger Moses Simon is missing after he sustained an injury in Uyo.
Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper Francis Uzoho will start in goal.
There are just 10 days before the World Cup kicks off in Russia, Rohr expects both teams to impress on Saturday.
It will be a game in which both teams will want to show what they can do. It would be a very different game.
The English side have a pressing game, high speed and quick counter-attack with possession; hence the need to field a crack team against them.
Nigeria have one more pre-World Cup friendly lined up after the England game, in which they will face the Czech Republic, before they take on Argentina, Iceland and Croatia in the group stage of the competition.
Nigeria possible starting lineup: Uzoho; Ebuehi, Troost-Ekong, Balogun, Idowu; Iwobi, Onazi, Mikel, Moses; Ndidi; Ighalo