Fans could be set for first glimpse of Nigerian Balogun in England friendly

Leon Balogun. Picture by Paul Hazlewood / BHAFC
Leon Balogun. Picture by Paul Hazlewood / BHAFC

Preparations are stepping up with the World Cup beckoning for Brighton & Hove Albion trio Jose Izqueirdo, Mathew Ryan and new addition Leon Balogun.

Both Seagulls fans, and indeed the country, will get a good look at Albion’s new signing on Saturday.

The Nigerian defender is set to feature for his country as they take on England at Wembley Stadium in a friendly match at 5.15pm.

Up next for Balogun, 29, who joined Chris Hughton’s side on a free transfer from Bundesliga outfit Mainz, will be another friendly with Czech Republic next Wednesday.

Columbian winger Izquierdo is part of his countries 35-man provisional squad and they are in action against Egypt tomorrow (Friday) ahead of the final squad announcement.

Ryan is expected to be between the sticks for Australia’s penultimate warm-up game against the Czech Republic tomorrow. They then face Hungary a week Saturday.

Others on international duty, although with no World Cup ahead, are Shane Duffy (Ireland), Davy Propper (Netherlands) and Beram Kayal and Tomer Hemed (both Israel).