Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr has confirmed that he will take only 25 players to London, England for their next build-up match towards this year’s World Cup.
The Eagles will fly out of Abuja this Tuesday, to battle England’s Three Lions on Saturday at Wembley Stadium, and Rohr says five of the lads in his provisional list will not make the trip.
Nigeria will file out against DR Congo at the Adokie Amasiemaka Stadium in Port Harcourt on Monday before Rohr trims his squad to 25 play game England in London on June 2.
The Franco-German tactician, though, made a case for Chelsea right-wing-back, Victor Moses, who was not with the team in Uyo, but is sure to make the list of 25 to battle England.
Rohr said he excused Moses from travelling to Uyo for the first phase of final preparations, because the player needed rest and has been put on a special program to help him stay sharp ahead of the World Cup.
“The camp has been going on well and all the players are ready for the game against Congo. We have a great squad to choose from.
“But we will leave for London with 25 players for the England game and on the 4th of June, we will present the final squad of 23 before we play our last game against the Czech Republic.
“For Victor Moses, we have a special programme for him; you know it’s been a tough season for him so we needed to give him some time out,” Rohr revealed.
The Eagles’ handler further thanked the people of Akwa Ibom for their unrelenting support, whilst also admitting the team must remain humble to succeed in Russia.
“All the time we have played in Uyo, we always feel at home. We brought the pre-world cup to Uyo to remind the fans that we started here and we are grateful to them for all the support they gave us all through the qualifiers.
“We have to stay humble; don’t forget we are in a very tough group. I believe in my team; they are young and with some experience and I’m confident in their ability to deliver in Russia,” Rohr concluded.