The requisite skills and tactics to mark out a skillful player like Lionel Messi is missing in the crops of defenders presently in the Super Eagles.

This is according to a former Nigeria international, Taribo West who suggests that the Super Eagles should focus on winning their matches against Croatia and Iceland.

"We have good defenders, but from what I have seen, they don’t have what it takes to stop Messi at the World Cup.

"Stopping Messi requires special tactics which they don’t have," the former Eagles defender told Complete Sports.

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"We don’t have the kind of defenders that can mark out Messi for 90 minutes and that will make it difficult for the Super Eagles.

"My advice is that they should not concentrate too much on him.

"During my playing days, you need just one player that will mark him out and throughout 90 minutes, there won’t be breathing space for him."

Though the Super Eagles beat Argentina in a friendly game last year, Messi was not present for the two-time world champions.