Rakitic Looking Forward To Facing Messi At World Cup

Super Eagles Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr took out time to share his thoughts about the strengths and weaknesses of Group D opponents Argentina, Croatia and Iceland and also hinted about what Nigeria must do to come out of the group in next year's World Cup in Russian Federation.

A cross-section of football fans in Abuja on Friday expressed satisfaction with the Russian Federation 2018 FIFA World Cup draw, adding that Nigeria got "a fair deal". Iceland and Croatia are in there as well to make things even more interesting.

In the four tournaments since Nigeria's first appearance at the global soccer fiesta in 1994, Nigeria has qualified from the Group stages on two occasions - '94 and 2014 - but did not make it out of the group from an Argentina group in 2002 and 2010.

World Cup Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
Rakitic Looking Forward To Facing Messi At World Cup

1998 champions France will be clear favourite in this group with Didier Deschamps' men boasting some of the finest stars in world football at the moment.

They fought hard before falling to Argentina 2-1 in their debut finals, winning plaudits for bringing sub-Saharan African flare to the game.

The confidence of the all-action defender was certainly buoyed by the Eagles impressive 4-2 win over the South Americans in a friendly last month also in Russian Federation.

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"For us, we have to take each opponent very serious right from our first game against Croatia". At the 1994 FIFA World Cup Claudio Caniggia scored a brace as the Diego Maradona-inspired side came back to win 2-1 after Samson Siasia's sublime opener at the Foxboro, Boston.

The 32 teams were divided into four pots of eight based on their October FIFA world rankings and were drawn into eight groups of four from A to H.

With much of the world cheering on, Iceland's magical spell shattered after they received a 5-2 thumping from tournament hosts France.

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Then he wants a divorce after his team completes its Group D fixtures against Nigeria and old rival Croatia. We could play a friendly against Serbia, who play a similar football to Croatia.

Group G - Belgium, Panama, Tunisia and England.

In South Africa 2010, the Super Eagles were drawn in Group B alongside Argentina, Greece and South Korea in the same group. It had an impressive run to World Cup qualification, beating notable teams like Croatia, Ukraine, and Turkey.

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Bancroft is a resident of Perth while the England team was in Perth for their first practice game of the tour. Bancroft was at that stage playing for Western Australia and hadn't yet been chosen for Australia.

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