Professional Footballers Association chairman Clarke Carlisle has criticised Rio and Anton Ferdinand in a vicious attack.
Nigeria made nine changes to their squad for the Confederations Cup from the one that won the African Nations Cup.
Fenerbahce progressed to the Europa League semi-finals after an entertaining 1-1 draw with Lazio at an empty Stadio Olimpico.
Nigeria arrived home to wild celebrations as tens of thousands lined the streets to catch a glimpse of their heroes.
A hamstring injury has ruled Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike out of Sunday's African Nations Cup final, denying him a chance to finish as the tournament's
Nigeria are one win away from ending a 19-year wait to but the favourites are wary of the threat posed by Burkina Faso.
Ivory Coast 1 Nigeria 2 - African Nations Cup quarter-final result
Stephen Keshi is ignoring the critics as Nigeria prepare for the African Cup of Nations quarter-finals.
Teams for Monday's African Nations Cup Group C match between Nigeria and Burkina Faso at Mbombela Stadium
Factbox on African Cup of Nations finalists Nigeria ahead of this year's tournament in South Africa.
Nigeria have not selected forward Peter Odemwingie in their preliminary squad for the upcoming African Cup of Nations.
Rio Ferdinand's decision to refuse to wear a Kick It Out T-shirt prior to Manchester United's 4-2 win at home to Stoke could earn him a fine of £220,000.
Nigeria have again omitted John Obi Mikel and Peter Odemwingie from their latest team.
The start of the new Premier League season is just two days away and we continue to bring you our four-part preview.
Joseph Yobo has joined Fenerbahce on a permanent basis after Everton agreed to sell the Nigeria defender.
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