Higuain, Dybala Set To Battle Nigeria At Russia 2018

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Juventus of Italy duo, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala are on course to battle Nigeria on June 26 at this year’s World Cup, as both attackers have been promised spots in Argentina’s World Cup list.

Nigeria and Argentina will clash for the fifth time in World Cup group stage in Russia, as both sides line out for their third match of this year’s Mundial, ahead of which Higuain and Dybala have been assured by La Albiceleste coach, Jorge Sampaoli that they will be in his squad.

Sampaoli met the Juventus pair in Turin during his European tour on Wednesday and intimated them of his intention to include them in his final 23-man squad for the competition.

Sampaoli overlooked Higuain during the qualifiers but called up the former Real Madrid and Napoli striker for the Albiceleste’s last two friendlies against Italy and Spain.

Dybala on the hand started the first two games of the Sampaoli era (versus Uruguay and Venezuela) and was called up for the final two games of the qualifiers against Peru and Ecuador.

The Juve youngster, however, sat on the bench all through and was not invited for the friendlies against Italy and Spain.

All 32 countries are expected to submit a 35-man preliminary squad to FIFA before May 14.The Albiceleste will face Nigeria, Iceland and Croatia in Group D in Russia.

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