The Super Eagles have expressed optimism that they will give the Three Lions of England a run for their money when they meet at Wembley stadium in London on Saturday.
Many Nigerian fans have criticized the Eagles for a “not-too-impressive” performance in their friendly match against the Leopards of DR Congo in Port Harcourt on Monday which ended 1-1.
The Nigerians played two friendly matches in March, struggling to beat Poland 1-0 in Warsaw; but fell tamely 0-2 to Serbia a few days after in London.
However speaking from London, Eagles captain John Mikel Obi said the team had corrected early mistakes and was ready for battle. against a familiar foe.
”We are in England, a terrain most of us know too well. I was here and won several trophies with Chelsea, including the Champions League. It will be an interesting encounter on Saturday,” Mikel told the Nigerian Football Federation website.
Majority of the Eagles ply their trade in England, while others have had a stint there.
Ola Aina, Kenneth Omeruo, Wilfred Ndidi, Ahmed Musa and Alex Iwobi are on the books of Premier League clubs while Odion Ighalo had a stint with Watford before switching to the Chinese Super League.
The match kicks off at 5.15pm Nigerian time.