Nigeria will engage Scotland on Wednesday as part of their preparations for the World Cup in Brazil. Fulham’s home ground Craven Cottage, which will host the friendly, is fast turning into a second home for the Super Eagles. The stadium has welcomed the team on a number of occasions recently, the 2-2 draw against Italy last November being freshest in the memory.
The teams come into this game with differing targets.
The Tartan Terriers failed to earn a ticket to Brazil, and have turned their attentions to Euro 2016, the qualifiers for which will begin after the World Cup. With this object in view, Gordon Strachan has handed a maiden call-up to Derby County duo Craig Forsyth and Chris Martin, who were instrumental in the Rams’ ultimately failed promotion push. The former Celtic manager will seek to sustain a recent upturn in the team’s fortunes, a run that has seen them post impressive results against Croatia, Macedonia and Poland within the last year.
On the other hand, Stephen Keshi will be looking to perfect his strategy and pare down the playing personal before setting out for the Mundial. His squad list of 30 will have to be whittled down to 23 by the 2nd of June, and this will surely be the last opportunity for certain fringe players to impress and win a place before the cull.
Strachan will be glad to have a fit Darren Fletcher restored to the line-up, but will have to make a decision on whom to play upfront, with Steven Fletcher out injured. Expect Everton’s Steven Naismith to get the nod to pair Ross McCormack upfront on the back of some impressive performances for the Toffees this past season.