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
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.