Nigeria face some tough World Cup finals group opposition this summer where their pool contains two-time winners Argentina, 1998 third-place nation Croatia and Euro 2016 surprise package Iceland.
The Super Eagles need the players taking to Russian pitches to have as much experience at the highest level as possible, so national coach Gernot Rohr is likely to look for Premier League regulars or those who have turned out at that level before when selecting his squad.
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Bearing that in mind, here are six Premier League players past and present hoping to play for Nigeria at the World Cup.
Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho has been prolific during his international career to date.
He left Manchester City last summer in search of regular first-team football, yet the Foxes haven’t really been able to provide Iheanacho with that due to the fine form of Jamie Vardy.
Despite playing second fiddle when it comes to leading the Leicester line, Iheanacho remains a key forward option for his country.
Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi is starting more and more matches under Arsene Wenger at the Emirates Stadium.
He has some big shoes to fill on international duty, as Iwobi is the nephew of Super Eagles legend Jay-Jay Okocha but he struck twice in qualification – home and away to Zambia.
If the Gunners are trusting him to be regularly involved, then that makes Iwobi a potential player to watch for Nigeria at the World Cup finals, where they are 6/1 with William Hill to repeat their 2017 friendly victory over Argentina.
Chelsea wingback Victor Moses was the Super Eagles’ top goalscorer in qualifying with three in key home victories against Algeria and Cameroon.
He tends to play further forward for his country than at club level and remains a regular at Stamford Bridge under Antonio Conte.
Moses has also played Champions League football with the Blues this season – the only likely squad inclusion to have turned out at that elite level. He will be hoping to defy the odds, with Nigeria 11/4 to qualify from World Cup Group D.
John Obi Mikel
National captain John Obi Mikel spent more than a decade with Chelsea before leaving them for Chinese Super League side Tianjin TEDA in January 2017.
Although far from prolific for either club or country, Mikel is a key part of the Super Eagles’ spine and doing the unglamorous dirty work affords the flair players freedom to express themselves.
Like Moses, Mikel was part of the Nigeria side that won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations title and can draw on substantial previous tournament experience.
While Odion Ighalo now plays in China with Changchun Yatai, he previously established a prolific strike partnership with Troy Deeney at Watford.
First firing the Hornets into the Premier League in 2014/15, Ighalo then hit 15 English top-flight goals the following season.
Reproducing that sort of form on international duty is important if the Super Eagles are to avoid finishing bottom of their World Cup finals group, which is a 6/5 chance in the betting.
And finally, Leicester anchorman Wilfried Ndidi has proved quietly effective in front of the Foxes’ back four this season.
Ndidi was one of the last signings made by Premier League winning manager Claudio Ranieri before he was sacked in February 2017
As with Mikel above, Ndidi’s main function is to break opposition play up and he’s the future in that area for Nigeria, yet he’s also managed to chip in with a few assists from deep at the King Power Stadium.Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.