Ladapo excited by Nigeria call

The Colchester striker was named in the squad for the two-day camp at Bisham Abbey this week as the Nigerians start preparations for the tournament in Colombia during July and August.

Colchester manager Tony Humes says Ladapo was over the moon when he heard news of his call-up, telling the club’s official website: “It’s a great opportunity for Freddie and, having spoken to him, I know he is looking forward to it.

“Hopefully he will enjoy it and perform well enough to be selected for the World Cup squad. Even if he’s not selected for the final squad, it’s a good opportunity for him to be involved in an international get together and add to his football education.”