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Nigeria announce preliminary 2018 World Cup squad

Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr names a provisional 30-man squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia which features Arsenal's Alex Iwobi and Chelsea's Victor Moses.

Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr has named a provisional 30-man squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel, now plying his trade in China with Tianjin Teda, will captain the Super Eagles at the tournament.

The squad features numerous England-based players, including Arsenal's Alex Iwobi, Victor Moses of Chelsea, the Leicester City duo of Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi, plus Hull City's Ola Aina.

Uncapped Crotone striker Simeon Nwankwo is a surprise inclusion following an impressive campaign in Serie A which included scoring an overhead kick against champions Juventus.

The Nigerian Super League's leading goalscorer, Junior Lokosa of Kano Pillars, is the only other uncapped player in the 30, which will be cut down to 23 next month following the friendly against England.

Nigeria have been drawn in Group D alongside Argentina, Iceland and Croatia, and their campaign will get underway in Kaliningrad on June 16.

Full squad:

Goalkeepers: Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba, Nigeria); Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain); Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa); Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United, Nigeria).

Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor, Turkey); Tyronne Ebuehi (Den Haag, Netherlands); Ola Aina (Hull, England); Elderson Echiejile (Brugge, Belgium); Brian Idowu (Amkar Perm, Russia); Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes, France); William Ekong (Bursaspor, Turkey); Leon Balogun (Mainz, Germany); Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa, Turkey); Stephen Eze (Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Bulgaria).

Midfielders: John Obi Mikel (Tianjin Teda, China); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester, England); Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas, Spain); John Ogu (Hapoel Be'er Sheva, Israel); Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium); Joel Obi (Torino, Italy); Mikel Agu (Bursaspor, Turkey).

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester, England); Moses Simon (Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (Chelsea, England); Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China); Alex Iwobi (Arsenal, England); Nwankwo Simeon (Crotone, Italy); Junior Lokosa (Kano Pillars, Nigeria).

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