Rakitic ready to rumble with Messi in Croatia v Argentina


One Super Eagles star whose wish has come to pass is defender William Troost-Ekong, who before Friday's World Cup draw told a Dutch publication he would be delighted for Nigeria to again come up against Argentina at Russian Federation 2018.

The Eagles last month stunned Argentina 4-2 in an global friendly played in Krasnodar, Russia, but have lost all previous World Cup clashes against the Albiceleste by the lone goal.

"It will be an interesting group and our last game against Argentina might decides a lot for us".

Super Eagles technical adviser Gernot Rohr has suggested that the June 27th clash between Nigeria and Argentina could determine his team's progress at the 2018 world cup in Russian Federation.

"For us, we have to take each opponent very serious right from our first game against Croatia".

The team's last game in the group will be on June 26 against Argentina in St Petersburg.

"I can't wait to see the two sides clash again". They will enjoy Russian Federation, " said the coach, who is a qualified dentist. "But our aim has to be to top the group", he said. "I hope we keep on making people happy".

World Cup Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
Rakitic ready to rumble with Messi in Croatia v Argentina

Seyi Dada-Martins, a multimedia consultant, also said: "It is a very dicey group we have been drawn into, but I'm confident in the abilities of the set of players we have to scale through the group stage".

"It's a tough group, it will be big fight", the 29-year-old told 24 sata.

Lionel Messi and company laboured till the final day of the South American qualifiers to book their flight to Russian Federation 2018.

Gary Lineker, who played in the 1986 and 1990 finals for England and scored in both competitions, conducted the Draw alongside Russian star Maria Komandnaya. Hard group but we will take our chances.

"Wow - what a draw!"

2010 World Cup winners Spain were placed in Group B which also has Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal, Morocco, and Iran. This group is a challenge, an honour, a chance, an opportunity...it's fire!

Interestingly, Russia 2018 will be the first time Nigeria will square up against Croatia and Iceland.

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