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Cary Erickson | 16 May, 2018, 11:55

Nigeria have announced their 30-man preliminary squad for the 2018 World Cup.

Gernot Rohr has stuck with the quartet of Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Dele Ajiboye, Daniel Akpeyi and youngster Francis Uzoho in the goalkeeping department.

Lokosa has been in terrific form in the Nigeria Professional Football League scoring 18 goals in 20 matches - including a brace against Katsina United on Sunday.

There are no surprise inclusions in defence with the eagles regular back four including William Ekong and Leon Balogun making the list.

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The list also includes Spain -based goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, defenders William Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo and Olaoluwa Aina, midfielders Wilfred Ndidi, Joel Obi and John Ogu and forwards Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon and Alex Iwobi.

All invited players have been told to report to a hotel in Uyo, capital of the southern state of Akwa Ibom, on May 21 with the final list of 23 players needing to be submitted to Federation Internationale de Football Association by June 4.

Javier Mascherano will play a part in the defence, alongside Premier League champion, Nicolas Otamendi and others including Marcos Rojo and Gabriel Mercado. The Super Green Eagles were drawn in Group D along with Argentina, Croatia and Iceland.