England FA Set To Confirm Nigeria, Costa Rica Friendlies

England to play Nigeria and Costa Rica in World Cup warm-up games

England World Cup news: Three Lions confirm matches against Nigeria and a trip to Leeds to face Costa Rica in June

Gareth Southgate's side will play Nigeria at Wembley on 2 June and Costa Rica at Leeds United's Elland Road stadium on 7 June as they prepare for the summer tournament in Russian Federation.

England faced Costa Rica at the last World Cup, playing out a 0-0 draw in Belo Horizonte, while England's last game against Nigeria also finished goalless at the 2002 World Cup finals in Japan.

"But it's not just about the games we've got in the group stages, but hopefully beyond that as well".

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"Equally, it's nice when we have an opportunity to take the team on the road".

England defeated Nigeria 1-0 in a highly entertaining friendly at the old Wembley in 1994 with David Platt scoring the only goal.

He added: "All of the feedback from the team before Euro 2016 was really positive, the players enjoyed it and it was definitely well received by the public".

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Southgate had initially planned for three games in June prior to the squad's departure for Russian Federation, but sources have told ESPN FC that he has now settled on two fixtures in order to spend more time fine-tuning the team's preparations at the National Football Centre at St George's Park.

"Having been to Manchester and the North East last time, it's nice to be able to go to Yorkshire for a different experience for everybody".

Manager Gareth Southgate is confident that the fixtures will help prepare England for their World Cup opener as well as their second group match against Panama on Jun 24.

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