ARSENAL AND Nigeria’s Alex Iwobi, hopes that the Super Eagles can learn from its 2018 World Cup and build for the future.

Speaking to BBC Sport, the Arsenal forward said: “The squad is young and we picked important lessons that will hopefully help us going forward. Attention will soon shift to the Nations Cup and we must make our World Cup lessons count.”

Nigeria finished third in Group D after defeats by Croatia and Argentina either side of a 2-0 win over Iceland.

The victory over Iceland had kept Nigeria in contention but their campaign ended just four minutes from the end of their final match against Argentina, only for Marcos Rojo’s late strike to knock them out.

“We had a lot of hopes and believe that we could do well. We are very proud of ourselves and are going to take the positives of course,” Iwobi said.

“We are just unfortunate about the last minute goal that came against Argentina led to a defeat that knocked us out of the group. We are taking positives but we are very happy with what we did.

“It’s not just me or my tournament, it’s Nigeria’s tournament,” he added. “The coach didn’t put me in that position because he wanted to try something new, try something else, so I had no problems because at the end of the day it is what the manager decides is what goes.”


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