Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo is confident that Nigeria will qualify from Group D of the 2018 World Cup after the team were drawn to face Argentina, Iceland and Croatia in the first round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Ighalo was happy that Nigeria avoided the likes of Brazil and Germany in the first round of the FIFA tournament but admit that he would have loved to face England in Group G which also contained Belgium, Panama and Tunisia..

“Let me say that I am happy that we are not going to play Brazil and Germany in the first round of the World Cup. With this draw, we are have a good chance of qualifying from the group,” Ighalo said on SuperSport moments after the draw.

“It is a tough group and we have to work really hard and get our best for the World Cup. Iceland are also a good team. We can’t forget that they defeated England and did very well at the last European Championships. They and Croatia are no pushover.”

“I would have loved to play against England at the World Cup. They have a good team but I have played in England and is confident that we can come out from that group, Belgium also have a good side.

The Super Eagles will play Croatia in their first Russia 2018 game on June 16, 2018 at the Kalingrat Stadium.

Nigeria have met Argentina four times at previous World Cups and lost all the games, but they have never met Iceland and Croatia.

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