* Simon for further checks in the UK
Super Eagles skipper Mikel John Obi was joined on the chartered flight from Abuja to LondonÂ on Wednesdayafternoon by deputy skipper Ogenyi Onazi, defender Kenneth Omeruo, pacy winger Ahmed Musa and 21 other players as the team headed for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. There will be stop-overs in London and Austria.
Mikel, Onazi, Omeruo and Musa all represented Nigeria at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil, and alongside Chelsea FC wingback Victor Moses (who was also in Brazil and who will join the contingent in London) constitute the spine of a young squad inspired to dazzle the world in Russia.
The Super Eagles will train at the Wembley Stadium (venue ofÂ Saturdayâ€™sclash with Englandâ€™s Three Lions) betweenÂ 5pm-6pmÂ on Friday, after a pre-match press conference scheduled for the stadiumâ€™s conference room atÂ 4.15pm.
Saturdayâ€™sÂ encounter, the third official match between the two countries with considerable historical affinity, will start atÂ 5.15pm.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria team has confirmed that forward Moses Simon, who was earlier ruled out of the finals due to injury, will undergo further medical checks in the United Kingdom to ascertain the seriousness of his injury.
Goalkeepers:Â Francis Uzoho; Daniel Akpeyi; Ikechukwu Ezenwa
Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu, Olaoluwa Aina, Tyronne Ebuehi, William Ekong, Leon Balogun, Chidozie Awaziem, Elderson Echiejile, Kenneth Omeruo and Bryan Idowu.
Midfielders: Wilfred Ndidi, Mikel John Obi, Ogenyi Onazi, John Ogu, Mikel Agu, Oghenekaro Etebo and Joel Obi.
Forwards: Odion Ighalo, Simeon Nwankwo, Alex Iwobi, Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon (further checks in the UK) and Victor Moses (to join team in London).