Mikel, who scored for his Chinese club at the weekend, is yet to feature for the Nigerian side since Russia 2019 FIFA World Cup in June
John Mikel Obi
Speaking after his dad's release from the kidnappers den on Monday, Obi revealed that he was undeterred to play against the Argentines when the news was broken to him
Rohr said at a pre-match press conference on Monday that “Nigeria will play total football with intense attack against Argentina” in the match at St. Petersburg
In a video that has gone viral, the Super Eagles, led by Kelechi Iheanacho, promised victory in their matches
Obi said this against the backdrop of the fact that the outcome of the match between Croatia and Iceland will be a determining factor in whether the Super Eagles will progress into the knockout stage of the World Cup
The team list was released at about 7pm
The Super Eagles – the first African team to qualify for the 21st World Cup, will be making their sixth appearance on the global scene and have been zoned in Group D alongside Argentina, Iceland and Croatia
Both players were not listed in the Super Eagles one-all draw against DR Congo at the Adokie Amasiaemeka Stadium in Port Harcourt, Rivers State last week
Obi currently plies his trade as a midfielder for Chinese club Tianjin TEDA.
Some reports had claimed the 30-year-old would leave Tianjin after an injury-hit first season since moving from Stamford Bridge, with Everton leading the chase.
The China-based midfielder was rested in their final World Cup qualifier against the Desert Foxes of Algeria last week
The Super Eagles unbeaten run in World Cup qualifying has extended to 37 matches
The host had a late minute penalty to share the spoil
In Mikel's place, the Super Eagles' gaffer, Gernot Rohr, opted for Israeli-based John Ogu