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England vs Nigeria Preview: Southgate to decide on No.1 goalkeeper with Super Eagles test?

June 1, 2018 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor provides info to catch the pre-World Cup friendly clash between England and Nigeria on June 2.

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The Three Lions will host the Super Eagles as they seek to gain momentum for the upcoming World Cup. Saturday's encounter is the first of the two games Gareth Southgate's men will feature in before jetting off to Russia. The final preparation match will be against Costa Rica on Thursday, June 8.

Ahead of the friendly, a big selection dilemma lies in the hands of England's Gareth Southgate as he's yet to confirm who the role of his side's prime shot-stopper will be handed to. A three-way battle currently resides among Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford and Nick Pope after Joe Hart's unimpressive campaign in the just ended league season resulted in his omission. Many have, however, tipped Pickford as the man to be handed the mantle having impressed in goal for Everton in recent time.

Nigeria, on the other hand, will use the test to cut down their 25-man provisional shortlist to the final 23. A prior defeat to Atletico Madrid and a 1-1 draw versus DR Congo means the players will have to do more if they fancy the idea of traveling with the Super Eagles to Russia.

The upcoming friendly between England and Nigeria will be the third meeting between the pair. Both sides drew 0-0 at the 2002 World Cup, while the Three Lions were victorious in a friendly 1-0 back in 1994.

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