Nigeria Releases Names Of 30-Man Squad For Russia World Cup

Nigeria Releases Names Of 30-Man Squad For Russia World Cup

The other unexpected selection is home-based striker Junior Lokosa, who is the Nigerian Premier League's leading goal-scorer this season but also hasn't played for Nigeria.

Both Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Dele Ajiboye are goalkeepers, which means there is no place for the country's most-capped global - goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama - despite growing calls from a section of fans for him to recall the former captain.

Joining Mikel in the midfield are Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (UD Las Palmas, Spain); John Ogu (Hapoel Be'er Sheva, Israel); Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium); Joel Obi (Torino FC, Italy); and Mikel Agu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey).

There are no surprise inclusions in defence with the eagles regular back four including William Ekong and Leon Balogun making the list.

Coach Gernot Rohr has included some surprises in his 30-man Nigeria squad for the upcoming World Cup, including the 6-foot-6 striker Simeon Nwankwo, from Italian club Crotone.

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Chelsea's Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi of Arsenal and Liecester's Kelech Ihenacho all made the list.

The team's training camp will run from 22 May until 11 June.

Nigeria finished their World Cup qualifying group comfortably in the first place gaining 14 points out of possible 18.

Argentina is one of the favourites to win the tournament and will share a group with Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria.

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