The coach of the Nigeria national football team Gernot Rohr after the friendly match against the England national team of announces the final squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia which includes 23 players:
Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu (Enyimba), Uzoho (Deportivo), Akpeyi (Chippa United).
Defenders: Shehu (Bursaspor), Ebuehi (ADO Den Haag), Echiejile (Cercle Brugge), Idowu (Amkar), Awaziem (Nantes), Troost-Ekong (Bursaspor), Balogun (Mainz), Omeruo (Kasimpasa).
Midfielders: Obi Mikel (Tianjin TEDA), Onazi (Trabzonspor), Ndidi (Leicester), Etebo (Las Palmas), Ogu (Hapoel Beer-Sheva), Joel Obi (Torino).
Forwards: Musa, Iheanacho (Leicester), Ighalo (Changchun Yatai), Iwobi (Arsenal), Moses (Chelsea), Nwankwo (Crotone).
On the World Cup, Super Eagles got into a very difficult group together with teams of Argentina, Croatia and Iceland. However, the Nigerians are quite able to create a local sensation and to fight for qualification for the play-offs.
The team leaders are the players of the English Premier League. At once three football players represent Leicester FC — Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi. Victor Moses is the regular player of the Chelsea London, and John Obi Mikel, who two years ago was Moses's team partner, is now performing in the Chinese Super League. Brian Idowu from the Zenit Saint Petersburg Academy, who all his life has lived in Russia and knows well the local climate and mentality, was also included in the squad.