ENGLAND v NIGERIA

England vs. Nigeria (1994)

England face Nigeria in a pre-World Cup friendly on 2nd June. Things were a lot different for both nations when they met in 1994.

The significant difference between the two nations was “what they did that summer”. The match took place after USA 1994, where England were notably absent. But Nigeria was well and truly present. The then-reigning African Cup of Nation champions put on a dazzling performance in the US, finishing top of their World Cup group ahead of Bulgaria and Argentina on goal difference. Their run ended in the Round of 16, after an extra-time defeat to Italy. But things could have gone completely different as the Super Eagles were leading 1-0 until Baggio’s 89th-minute equaliser.

On paper, Nigeria had the better team but it was England who won the match 1-0 and it could have been a larger scoreline had they taken their chances.

Stream the highlights below and check out the teamsheets underneath the video.

Teamsheets

England

Manager: Terry Venables

Starting XI

  • Tim Flowers
  • Rob Jones
  • Steve Howey
  • Neil Ruddock
  • Graeme Le Saux
  • Rob Lee
  • David Platt (Captain)
  • Dennis Wise
  • John Barnes
  • Peter Beardsley
  • Alan Shearer

Bench

  • David Seaman
  • Stuart Pearce
  • Steve McManaman
  • Matt Le Tissier
  • Teddy Sheringham

Nigeria

Manager: Shuaibu Amodu

Starting XI

  • Peter Rufai (captain)
  • Augustine Eguavoen
  • Benedict Iroha
  • Uchenna Okafor
  • Uche Okechukwu
  • Mutiu Adepoju
  • Emmanuel Amunike
  • Jay Jay Okocha
  • Finidi George
  • Daniel Amokachi
  • Rachidi Yekini

Bench

  • Ike Shorunmu
  • Wilson Oruma
  • Efan Ekoku
  • Victor Ikpeba
  • Nwankwo Kanu
  • Nduka Ugbade

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