Mikel returns as Super Eagles face Argentina today

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"If we want to play well in the World Cup, the preparation has to start from now".

In their respective last outings, the Super Eagles were forced to a 1-1 by Algeria while Argentina squeezed out a lone goal win over world cup hosts, Russia, over the weekend.

The Super Eagles lock horns with La Albiceleste in the Krasnodar Stadium in preparation for the quadrennial showpiece in Russian Federation next year.

Weather conditions are similar to the cold the team encountered in Constantine, Algeria - lowest 6-9 degrees and warmest 17-19 degrees.

Uzoho, who plays with La Liga side Deportivo La Coruna, said he was happy to be in the team and ready to take his chance when presented with the opportunity.

"Yes, we defeated them in a friendly, but did we make that count at the World Cup?"

Rohr, who led the Eagles to qualify for their 6th World Cup finals, has been reported to deploy a 3-5-2 formation against the Argentines, with Premier League duo of Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi leading the front line. The Barcelona star forward has been rested for the clash.

Like Clemens Westerhof before him, Gernot Rohr came into Nigeria under-promising, but has seemingly over-delivered.

"But it is one match the Super Eagles should pay attention to all its details because aside national pride, it is one game that gives you a clear picture of what to expect during the World Cup in Russian Federation next year".

He added ahead of a potential Nigeria debut on Tuesday: "It's a big privilege to be part of this great squad". Mikel captained the Super Eagles for the first time that day in the absence of regular skipper Joseph Yobo.

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