VIDEO: Ex-Everton defender - Nigeria will surprise the world

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Nigeria captain Joseph Yobo says that his side have plenty of talent in their squad for the 2014 World Cup.

Former Everton defender Joseph Yobo believes people will be surprised by the amount of exciting young talent in Nigeria's World Cup squad.

The Nigeria captain, who now plays for Fenerbahce but was on loan at Norwich City last season, believes the African champions are ready to perform better than in previous World Cups.

"This is going to be my third World Cup and I'm not here just to participate," the defender said. "We know it's not going to be easy. We know in the past previous World Cups we haven't done very well.

"But we have our head coach here, we're current African champions, we just want continuity."

At the age of 33, this is perhaps Yobo's final shot at doing well in a World Cup, and he is ready to embrace his role as the leader of the team and to mentor the younger players coming through the ranks.

"Now we're here, we have a lot of young players as well and we're very talented, so people are going to be surprised," he said.

"As the captain of the team I really have to push the team, talk to them and motivate them. This is a lifetime opportunity for most of us."

The Nigeria squad is not short of recognisable names for European football fans. It features Chelsea's John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses, alongside Peter Odemwingie, Emmanuel Emenike and Vincent Enyeama.

In Group F, which features frontrunners Argentina and rank outsiders Iran, the second spot will likely come down to Nigeria's game against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

First, they will look to get off to a good start on Monday, when they face Iran in Curitiba.

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