England's Week Ahead

Gareth Southgate's side begin their World Cup preparations in earnest next Saturday when they face Nigeria at Wembley.

The Super Eages will also be heading to Russia 2018 and will provide a different test for England in a rare meeting with African opposition ahead of the World Cup opener against Tunisia.

A large Nigerian contingent at Wembley and a sense of a young Super Eagles team heading into the finals in harmonious mood should mean the game is a cut above the normal friendly.

England scouts will be keenly watching Tunisia as they have warm-up matches against Portugal on Monday and Turkey on Friday with the Carthage Eagles attempting to bed in some new additions to their squad after reinforcing it with French-based players following qualification.

Fellow group opponents Panama (against Northern Ireland) and Belgium (against Portugal) are also in action next week.

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