Int'l friendly: Super Eagles battle England at Wembley

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Int'l friendly: Super Eagles battle England at Wembley

England are to host Nigeria at Wembley on Jun 2 and face Costa Rica at Elland Road five days later, before kicking off their World Cup Group G campaign against Tunisia on Jun 18.

The Three Lions have not won in their previous two Leeds-based matches; drawing 3-3 with Sweden in June 1995 and losing 2-1 against Italy in 2002.

Both matches will provide some stern competition for England as the manager finalises his preparations ahead of the tournament in Russian Federation.

Additionally to the Wembley send-off, Yorkshire will now be given the opportunity to watch the country's national side in action on home turf for the first time since 2002.

Costa Rica surprised nearly everybody when they managed to win their group, but didn't stop at that with a shock run through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup eventually bowing out to the Netherlands on penalties.

The Super Eagles, who have won the African Cup of Nations three times, are also preparing for their sixth appearance at the Federation Internationale de Football Association showpiece in June.

England - whose best World Cup performance since the winning the tournament in 1966 was a semi-final penalty shootout loss to West Germany in 1990 - already have Netherlands and Italy, two giants of the world game who failed to qualify for Russian Federation lined-up for friendlies in March.

Leeds United managing director Angus Kinnear, said: "It is an honour to host the national team at our home before the side head off to Russian Federation for the World Cup".

These two clashes will follow on from England's double-header in March.

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