Bursaspor of Turkey defender, Shehu Abdullahi stepped up his efforts in training with the Super Eagles, as he made the best of their first session in London ahead of the friendly game against England at Wembley on Saturday.
Sensing that he is in a fight to keep Tyronne Ebuehi at bay in the battle for the Eagles’ right back slot, Abdullahi was solid in defence and joined the attack at will, to put himself in contention to start against England on Saturday.
The session which lasted close to two hours had 22 players in full attendance with Daniel Akpeyi coming in as one of the goalkeepers during the session.
Mikel Ndubuisi Agu demonstrated why he is still in the team with neat, crisp and incisive passes in the middle for his team.
Agu was particularly impressive in his link up play with John Ogu and Oghenekaro Etebo who were paired with him in the midfield with Simy Nwankwo, Kelechi Iheanacho and Ahmed Musa playing as strikers in front of them during the session.
Leon Balogun was paired alongside William Troost-Ekong for the team that looked likely to start against England, his link up play, close ball control and interception showed why Brighton were quick to snap him up before the World Cup.
Mikel Obi was his usual self, winning possession and distributing balls with ease. His combination with Joel Obi helped his team keep possession and with Victor Moses and Odion Ighalo ahead of them they dominated.
He also looked entirely at home with his usual partner in midfield Ogenyi Onazi with the highlight of his performance coming midway through the session when he located Bryan Idowu with a delightful cross field pass.
Alex Iwobi provided the pass which led to Leon Balogun goal in a swift counter attack move which saw them turn defence into attack in a flash. Iwobi was on top of his game all through the session with his passing range and connection with Victor Moses who played from the right one of the positives of the session.