All You Need To Know About Group D in the 2018 World Cup

The 2018 world cup is just a few days away and almost all of the top teams have announced the squad that is going to participate in the game. This shows that they are ready to take on the challenge and put everything they have into winning one of the most coveted competitions in the world.

There are several groups in the completion and each of this group simply consist of four teams from different parts of the world. The rule of the game is that only two of the teams with the highest point is going to qualify for the next round of the competition.

Nigeria is one of the country participating in the completion and they are in group D. the other members of this group are Argentina, Croatia and Iceland. What this means is that Nigeria must be in the first two in their group to qualify.

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In this article we are going to look at the team’s one after the other, especially looking at the squad they are taking to the world cup;

2018 World Cup Group D Squad

  • Argentina2018 World Cup

This is the country of one of the best footballers in the world, Lionel Messi. This country has always been paired with Nigeria and they were in the same group in 1994, 2002, 2010 and 2015. The team squad include;

PLAYERAGEPOSITION
1Sergio Romero31GK
2Franco Armani31GK
3Willy Caballero36GK
4Cristian Ansaldi31Defender
5Marcos Rojo28Defender
6Marcos Acuña26Defender
7Nicolás Tagliafico25Defender
8Gabriel Mercado31Defender
9Nicolás Otamendi30Defender
10Javier Mascherano33Defender
11Federico Fazio31Defender
12Ever Banega29Midfielder
13Lucas Biglia31Midfielder
14Giovani Lo Celso22Midfielder
15Eduardo Salvio27Midfielder
16Cristian Pavón22Midfielder
17Maximiliano Meza26Midfielder
18Ángel Di María30Midfielder
19Manuel Lanzini25Forward
20Leo Messi31Forward
21Paulo Dybala24Forward
22Kun Agüero29Forward
23Gonzalo Higuaín30Forward

 

  • Iceland

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This team has never played Nigeria in the world cup but they have had a friendly match with Nigeria which they won by three goals to nothing. They also are in group D and will be playing Nigeria on Friday 22nd of June. Their squad have already traveled and are training in Russia ahead of the competition;

Goalkeeper

  • Frederik August Schram
  • Hannes Thór Halldórsson
  • Rúnar Rúnarsson

Defender

  • Hördur Magnusson
  • Holmar Örn Eyjolfsson
  • Ragnar Sigurdsson
  • Birkir Mar Saevarsson
  • Ari Freyr Skúlason
  • Kári Arnason
  • Sverrir Ingi Ingason
  • Midfielder
  • Birkir Bjarnason
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
  • Olafur Ingi Skulason
  • Arnor Ingvi Traustason
  • Aron Gunnarsson
  • Rúrik Gíslason
  • Emil Hallfredsson
  • Samúel Kari Fridjónsson

Attacking Midfielder

  • Johann Berg Gudmundsson

Striker

  • Albert Gudmundsson
  • Jón Dadi Bödvarsson
  • Alfred Finnbogason
  • Björn Sigurdarson

 

  • Croatia

2018 World Cup

Just like Iceland Croatia has also not met Nigeria before in the world cup and this is the first time the two teams are meeting. Croatia squad include;

PLAYERAGEPOSITION
1Danijel Subašić33GK
2Lovre Kalinić27GK
3Dominik Livaković23GK
4Vedran Ćorluka32Defender
6Domagoj Vida28Defender
7Ivan Strinić30Defender
8Šime Vrsaljko26Defender
9Josip Pivarić29Defender
10Tin Jedvaj22Defender
11Dejan Lovren28Defender
12Matej Mitrović33Defender
13Luka Modrić (C)32Midfielder
14Ivan Rakitić30Midfielder
15Ivan Perišić29Midfielder
16Mateo Kovačić23Midfielder
17Marko Rog22Midfielder
18Marcelo Brozović25Midfielder
19Milan Badelj29Midfielder
20Mario Mandžukić31Forward
21Nikola Kalinić30Forward
22Andrej Kramarić26Forward
23Marko Pjaca22Forward

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  • Nigeria

2018 World Cup

Finally, Nigeria will have to be the first or second in group D to qualify for the next stage. They also have a 23 man squad heading for the competition which will officially kick-off on June 16. The team’s squad include;

Goalkeepers:

Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna), Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United).

Defenders:

William Troost-Ekong and Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor), Tyronne Ebuehi (Ado Den Haag), Elderson Echiejile (Cercle Brugge KSV), Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm), Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC), Leon Balogun (Brighton), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa).

Midfielders:

Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City), Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas), John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva), Joel Obi (Torino, Italy).

Forwards:

Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City), Victor Moses (Chelsea), Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone).

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