Head coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, has declared that Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho, will be his first choice for the 2018 World Cup.

Fielding questions from reporters in London on Friday, Rohr also insisted that the duo of Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi can be relied on always.

However, the German made it clear that the 19-year-old Uzoho was his man.

“The process of coming up with another goalkeeper was a long one. We had Carl Ikeme who was doing great for us until he fell sick. Then Daniel Akpeyi came up and gave his best as far as he could.

“We also tried Ezenwa in the qualifiers and he lived up to expectations all through the qualifiers. But in our relentless effort to get a better replacement for Carl, we discovered Uzoho.

“Uzoho has matured enough to become Super Eagles No.1. He is the goalkeeper for the future and he can only get better as he continues to play more games.

“The England game is another opportunity to build more confidence, hopefully we will have a great game,” Rohr said.

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