- Tianjin TEDA captain John Obi Mikel believes Nigeria's friendly game against England will help to assess the readiness of the team for this year's World Cup
- The three-time African champions are scheduled to play a test game against Gareth Southgate's men at the Wembley Stadium
- Nigeria are in the same World Cup group with Argentina, Croatia and Iceland and their first game will be on June 16
Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel says England friendly game will be a very good test for Nigeria as they prepare for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Nigeria will battle the Three Lions at the prestigious Wembley Stadium on June second before jetting to Russia for the global showpiece kicking off next month.
He said the English national team are a very good opposition to assess their readiness for the competition as they hope to surpass their second round record.
Mikel Obi admits that Gernot Rohr’s men are resolved to give their best in the competition to make the country proud.
Nigeria are in the same group with Argentina, Iceland and Croatia as they kickoff their campaign against Croatia on June 16.
“It is going to be a very good test for us; I think it is important that we play this friendly against England,” Mikel Obi said on twitter.
“They are such a great team and for us it is going to be a very good test, we have to make sure play well because we want to win.
“We want to play well against such great team, so I want to see how we will do in this game going to the World Cup with preparations
“So, this game is going to help us because we want to win and do well.
When asked what he will do after retiring from football, the Tianjin TEDA midfielder says he is yet to decide what he will do.
He said his first point of call would be to spend enough time with his twin daughters and his wife to make up for all the time he has been away from the family.
“I’m going to spend more time with the kids and the family after I retire. I think the Mrs. has been on my neck saying I don’t spend time with the kids
“But most importantly, after football, spending more time with the family is paramount, for me this is more important
“And then I will think of what I will do after football, do I want to continue to be involved in football, it is something I have to decide but at this minute, I have not thought about it. I have a lot of things to do, but we will have to wait and see what happens.”
The 31-year-old spent almost a decade of his career at Chelsea winning virtually everything at the club – including a Champions League title and an Europa League Cup.
He also won two Premier Leagues and three FA Cup titles among a few other domestic league titles at the Stamford Bridge before joining the Chinese Super League in 2017.
The former Lyn Oslo man clinched the 2013 African Cup of Nations title in South Africa and in 2016, led the Nigeria U23 to bronze medal in Brazil.
He won the Chelsea Young Player of the Year award in 2007 and 2008, while he was named the African Young Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006.
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