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International Friendly – England vs Ecuador

Published June 9, 2014

Published In: Football News, International

Ahead of the World Cup group stages,England had another international friendly on Wednesday 4th June as the look to see how they can face up to strong South American sides along with coming up against weather conditions similar to Rio. Hodgson’s side that was picked mainly looked at how players can play in different positions in case of injuries and suspensions.

The England side faced up against Ecuador in Miami, USA and lined up with a 4-2-3-1 formation giving Everton’s Ross Barkley a free role in Central Attacking Midfield to see what he can offer to England. The formation consisted of the following:
• Goalkeeper: Ben Foster
• Defence: James Milner, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Luke Shaw
• Defensive Midfield: Jack Wilshere, Frank Lampard
• Attacking Midfield: Alex Oxlade-Chamerlain, Ross Barkley, Wayne Rooney
• Striker: Rickie Lambert

With some players playing out of their natural position, England did get off to a good start playing some great football, but did find themselves behind after only eight minutes as Enner Valencia rose to meet a well-placed cross from Walter Ayovi to head the ball past West Brom’s Ben Foster. England did start to look a little shaky in defense through most of the game with the first main attack from Ecuador putting them into the lead. England still played some great football between the front line and with numerous attacks they did end up tapping the ball into the net as Oxlade-Chamberlain crossed the ball into the path of Rickie Lambert, the ball did come off the post put was placed into the net by Wayne Rooney. Not much more happened in the first half of the friendly as both teams started to break each other down and create chances, but it wasn’t till the second half that the chances started to count.

In the second half, it took England six minutes to take the lead. An amazing run by Ross Barkley drew four of Ecuador’s defenders away from Liverpool’s Rickie Lambert; Barkley then fed the ball into the Lambert’s path as he smashed the ball into the net. England started to look strong coming out into the second half but trouble happened when Michael Arroyo stepped off the bench and leveled the game up with an amazing strike from outside of the box. Not long after substitute Raheem Sterling was dismissed from the pitch alongside Man Utd’s Antonio Valencia, Sterling went in for a lunging tackle which angered Valencia making him react by grabbing Sterling. The referee decided that both players needed to exit the field so he sent them both off causing England and Ecuador to finish the game with 10 men each.

The match was not too exciting but was a great test for the England players as they came up against a South American side that has only lost one game in their qualifiers. The only bad news for the England camp is that Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could miss the start of the world cup group stages as he has suffered with a knee injury that was picked up in the match. But on the bright side, England did look strong in areas and considering some of the players played in different positions it will be interesting to see what the next friendly against Honduras will bring.



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