England set for World Cup warm-up games against Nigeria and Costa Rica


England will host Nigeria and Costa Rica in World Cup warm-up friendlies in June.

Three Lions will take on Nigeria at Wembley on June 2 and then will face Costa Rica at Elland Road five days later before heading off to Russia.

Gareth Southgate’s men are in World Cup Group G, along with Tunisia, Panama and Belgium.

England have played twice at Leeds’ home ground – a 2-1 defeat to Italy in March 2002 and a 3-3 draw with Sweden in June 1995. The ground also staged matches in 1996 when England hosted the European Championship.

Taking home games on the road is something England did in the build-up to Euro 2016, playing games at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light and Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.

Southgate’s men already have two friendlies scheduled for March, matches against Holland in Amsterdam and Italy at Wembley.

Their World Cup campaign begins against Tunisia in Volgograd on June 18. They then play debutants Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on June 24 before concluding the group stage against Belgium four days later in Kaliningrad.

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