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A former Green Eagles midfielder Henry Nwosu has warned Eagles manager Lars Lagerback to be more conscious of Greece than Argentina and Korea Republic at the World Cup if he intends to lead the Super Eagles beyond the group stage.

The former U-17 coach says the 2004 European champions will be more difficult to tackle at the Mundial because their players are relatively unknown on the world stage.

Greece were surprise winners of the European championship after beating hosts Portugal in the opening and final matches of the competition in 2004.

'Everybody is looking at Messi and all the big names in Argentina but they are missing the real problem of the group which is Greece,' Nwosu said while speaking to our correspondent on the telephone on Thursday.

'In 2004, nobody gave Greece a chance to progress from their group in the European competition but we all saw how it ended.

'I don't see Korea Republic giving us much problems as the Greeks at the World Cup because the Koreans play around their big names while Greece has team play approach in its games.

'Argentina also plays around big names and that might be its problem in South Africa. They were not fantastic during their qualifiers.

'I know Lagerback is watching Greece and I hope he has a good team in place before the competition. Only collective play can work against Greece because they don't have outstanding players you will plan to mark out.'

Nwosu advised Lagerback to build the Eagles with fit players irrespective of where they ply their trade.

He said, 'Big names don't play football. If we will win the World Cup with home-based players then let's have them in the Eagles.'

'If there are Nigerian players scoring goals in Singapore or India, let's try them first before we conclude on the World Cup plans.'