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Joel Obi back in Nigeria fold to bid for World Cup place

Joel Obi has been recalled to the Nigeria squad for the first time in almost four years after being named on Wednesday, along with three uncapped players, for World Cup warm-up friendlies against Poland and Serbia this month.

Coach Gernot Rohr has brought back the 26-year Torino midfielder for the matches in Wroclaw on March 23 and London four days later as Nigeria prepare for the World Cup in Russia, where they are in Group D with Argentina, Croatia and Iceland.

Defender Stephen Eze, recently signed by Lokomotiv Plovdiv in Bulgaria, and strikers Junior Ajayi and Gabriel Okechukwu have been added to the 28-man squad. Brown Ideye, Isaac Success and Tony Ujah all miss out.

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