Lazio’s Ogenyi Onazi starts for Nigeria tonight in their World Cup Group Group F encounter against Iran.
With heavy group favourites Argentina having beaten Bosnia-Herzegovina last night, it appears all the more likely that the best the other three teams in the section can hope for will be to claim second place.
Nigeria, who are the African champions, also field Premier League duo Jon Obi Mikel and Victor Moses.
Iran are back in the World Cup finals after missing out in 2010. Their boss Carlos Queiroz includes English-based duo Reza Ghoochennejhad and Ashkan Dejagah in his starting 11.
Tonight’s referee in Curitiba in Ecuador’s Carlos Vera. Kick-off is at 20.00 BST.
Iran: Haghighi, Heydari, Haji Safi, Hosseini, Sadeghi, Nekounam (c), Teymourian, Montazeri, Ghoochannejad, Dejagah, Pooladi.
Nigeria: Enyeama (c), Ambrose, Oshaniwa, Oboabona, Omeruo, Mikel, Onazi, Azeez, Musa, Moses, Emenike.
Referee: Carlos Vera (Ecuador)