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According to English tabloid, The Sun, the
Super Eagles are not the preferred rival that
the Three Lions will want to face amongst the
teams in Pot 4, which also contains Serbia,
Australia, Japan, Morocco, Panama, Korea and
Saudi Arabia.
The best case scenario that will see the Three
Lions tackle Russia, Iran and Panama has
been termed Group of Life, while the worst
case scenario which sees England face Brazil,
Iceland and Brazil has been called the Group
of Death.
England have become more wary of the
Nigerians after the latter made a strong
statement of intent, coming from two goals
down to defeat Argentina 4-2 in their last
match of 2017 on November 14, so they don’t
want to draw the three-time African champs.
Group F containing England, Argentina, Nigeria
and Sweden, was nicknamed the Group of
Death at the 2002 World Cup; the Three Lions
and Super Eagles played out a goalless draw
in Osaka in the final match of the group.
Arsenal striker Alex Iwobi, Chelsea’s Victor
Moses and Ola Aina, Leicester City trio
Kelechi Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa and Wilfred
Ndidi will be on the plane to Russia barring an
injury, while Everton’s Henry Onyekuru is in
contention.

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