By Adeboye Amosu:
Super Eagles trio Keneth Omeruo, Wilfred Ndidi and Oghenekaro Etebo have been included in authoritative football analysis and statistics website Whoscored.com’s best rated XI of players to have been eliminated from the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The Nigerian trio are joined on the list by notable names like Germany’s Mats Hummels and Jonas Hector, Serbia defender Branislav Ivanovic and Son Heung -Min of South Korea in the XI deployed in a 4-4-2 formation.
Centre-back Kenneth Omeruo featured in two of Nigeria’s three games in the competition. He provided the assist for Ahmed Musa’s second goal in the 2-0 win against Iceland
Etebo, who signed for SkyBet Championship club Stoke City prior to the start of the competition made a huge impact for the Super Eagles in Russia.
The 22-year-old completed all but one of his 17 attempted dribbles and made a combined total of 14 tackles and interceptions.
Only Lionel Messi and Neymar completed more dribbles than Etebo during the first round of games.
Etebo’s midfield partner Wilfred Ndidi makes the cut with a hugely impressive showing for the Super Eagles.
The Leicester star made more tackles (15) and interceptions (12) than any other player in the group stages of the World Cup to once more showcase his quality to the watching world.
The Super Eagles were eliminated from Russia 2018 after a 2-1 defeat against Argentina in their final Group D game.
Cho Hyun-Woo – South Korea
Branislav Ivanovic – Serbia
Mats Hummels – Germany
Kenneth Omeruo – Nigeria
Jonas Hector – Germany
Andre Carrillo – Peru
Oghenekaro Etebo – Nigeria
Wilfred Ndidi – Nigeria
Salem Al Dawsari – Saudi Arabia
Son Heung-Min – South Korea
Wahbi Khazri – Tunisia