Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup: Scores, schedule, complete squad, TV and live stream, players to watch

The 2018 World Cup is underway. CBS Sports will have you covered for each game, all the important news and more, as well as profiles of all of the teams.

One of the most entertaining nations at the World Cup will be Nigeria, who play with flair, emotion and heart, all which capitvate fans around the world. This edition of the Super Eagles has some veterans to lead this team's young generation, and there's quality there from the young guys for the team to make a run to the knockout stage. 

Competition history

World Cup appearances: Six
Best finish: Round of 16 (3X)
Last World Cup: 2014

Matches

Saturday, June 16: Croatia 2, Nigeria 0 
Thursday, June 21: vs. Iceland at 11 a.m. ET, stream on fuboTV (Try for free)   
Tuesday, June 26: vs. Argentina at 2 p.m. ET, stream on fuboTV (Try for free)  

Roster

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The Super Eagles may be Africa's best team at the 2018 World Cup. Getty Images

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

Defenders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor), Tyronne Ebuehi (Den Haag), Elderson Echiejile (Brugge), Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm), Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes), William Troost-Ekong (Bursaspor), Leon Balogun (Brighton), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa)

Midfielders: John Obi Mikel (Tianjin TEDA), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester), Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas), John Ogu (Hapoel Be'er Sheva), Joel Obi (Torino)

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester), Victor Moses (Chelsea), Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone)

Best Player

John Obi Mikel. The former Chelsea midfielder is the captain and at 31 years of age, he's top years are winding down. He's been playing in China but is still performing at a good level. He's good on the ball, not afraid to get dirty and will be key to Nigeria quickly going on the attack.

Player to watch

Victor Moses. The Chelsea midfielder is fast, works really hard and knows how to make an impact. He can get down the wing, cut inside and plays well with strikers to combine for one-twos. He's somebody who could really shine this summer and help Nigeria get through.

Outlook

If this were any other group, I'd like their chances to move on. But having to go up against Argentina, Iceland and Croatia, it's going to be tough sledding. Playing Argentina last gives them the opportunity to clinch a spot before even playing that game, but you have to feel they'll need at least a draw against Croatia in the opener to have a chance. This is a borderline round of 16 teams.

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