England to face Costa Rica at Elland Road before the World Cup

England to face Costa Rica at Elland Road before the World Cup

England boss Gareth Southgate has said he is pleased to come up against Nigeria on June 2 at Wembley as the friendly will afford his team a chance to test themselves against different styles and different experiences ahead of the World Cup.

Both matches will provide some stern competition for England as the manager finalises his preparations ahead of the tournament in Russian Federation.

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"It's nice when we have an opportunity to take the team on the road".

A David Platt goal secured a 1-0 win at Wembley in 1994 before the two countries battled out a goalless draw at the 2002 World Cup.

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Costa Rica have been chosen to replicate the test that Gareth Southgate's side will face when they confront Panama in Russian Federation, and the match will be played on Thursday, June 7.

And reacting to the news, the German tactician is upbeat about the level of competition a game against Gareth Southgate's side would afford his Super Eagles team, ahead of the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup.

Costa Rica surprised nearly everybody when they managed to win their group, but didn't stop at that with a shock run through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup eventually bowing out to the Netherlands on penalties.

Southgate's men already had two friendlies scheduled for the coming months, matches in March against Holland in Amsterdam and Italy at Wembley.

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