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Mikel willing to “sacrifice” himself for Nigeria

Croatia v Nigeria: Group D - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
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Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel insists that he would be willing to “sacrifice” himself for the good of the team if required

The Super Eagles had a rather lacklustre display in their World Cup opening game defeat to Croatia on Saturday with an Oghenekaro Etebo own goal and a second-half Luka Modric penalty handing Zlatko Dalic’s side a 2-0 win.

Following the defeat, there have been calls for head coach Gernot Rohr to hand Mikel a role with less involvement in the play following his disappointing display in his more advanced midfield role within the German’s formation.

“I am the captain of this team. If I have to sacrifice for this team to progress, I will,” said the Tianjin TEDA midfielder, according to the Daily Post.

“If I have to sacrifice a position, go play wherever, I will do that for this team to win games.”

The former Chelsea star is hopeful that Nigeria can put their defeat behind them with a win against Iceland on Friday.

“We are very hopeful and confident because everything is still in our own hands. It just depends on how much we want it,” he said.

“The result against Croatia was disappointing but we can fix it.”