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England vs Ecuador, World Cup Warmup Match: Open Thread

England plays Ecuador in a friendly at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium today, in a vital warm-up match for The Three Lions. Wayne Rooney starts, while Luke Shaw and James Milner will play as full backs.

World Soccer Talk are at the stadium and will be bringing you a match report and analysis later, as well as this open thread.

Here is today’s TV/Internet schedule for matches being shown in the US (including commentators):

Ecuador vs England, 3pm, beIN SPORTS and DishWorld

Starting line-ups:

England: Ben Foster, Luke Shaw, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, James Milner, Wayne Rooney, Jack Wilshere, Frank Lampard, Ross Barkley, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rickie Lambert

Subs: Forster, Henderson, Sterling, Welbeck, Lallana, Flanagan, Stones

Ecuador: Banguera, Guagua, Erazo, Paredes, Noboa, Montero, Ayovi, Caicedo, Valencia E, Valencia A, Gruezo

Subs: Ibarra, Mendez, Rojas, Bone, Castillo, Arroyo, Ayovi, Bagui, Saritama, Martinez, Achilier, Domiguez

Before, during or after today’s match, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

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  1. Brian

    June 5, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Barkley, Barkley, Barkley looked great,daring,had pace, and held onto the ball some of the time. I rather him play and increase his name than some of the old guard. It looks like Rooney, Lampard, and Gerrard are just flat out lazy, lazy, lazy for what I have seen in these pre matches. And for Rooney to celebrate the hand ball to his foot easy tap in is hilarious. He should act more like Dempsey, and the one he put in against Turkey that was a tap in and just laugh not kiss the sky like he just won the flippin world cup.

  2. Flyvanescence

    June 4, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    And that is why Barry should be on this team, not Lampard.

  3. Smokey Bacon

    June 4, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Dear Roy,

    Ross Barkley must be in your starting eleven.

    That is all.


  4. David

    June 4, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Lets hope Hodgson doesn’t start Smalling and Jones at the back in the World Cup. That was brutal to watch today.

  5. Javier

    June 4, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Looks like a three and out for England is looming.

    • Toby

      June 4, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      What game were you watching? England played their reserve team against Ecuador’s strongest team and completely dominated the game and Ecuador were extremely lucky scoring two goals out of nothing. England should have won the game by two of three goals. The only big negative was Lampard who people seemed to think is as good as Gerrard and adapt to being a deep midfielder when he doesn’t have a passing ability. He was a complete passenger for England.

      I would really be worried if I was Italy. Their strongest team struggled against Luxembourg and seemed a slow unathletic team. England’s fast athletic team will tear Italy a new one.

      • David

        June 4, 2014 at 6:21 pm

        What game were you watching? Ecuador’s first goal was really good. That was bad defending on England’s part. England’s back line looked awful. The midfield of Lampard and Wilshere did not work at all. Smalling should never start a game again for England.

        • R.O

          June 4, 2014 at 7:01 pm


          BBC Sports confirms what you are saying.

      • Javier

        June 4, 2014 at 6:33 pm

        You’re telling me about lucky goals? The Rooney goal should have been called a handball by Lambert.

      • R.O

        June 4, 2014 at 7:05 pm

        Toby wrote: “I would really be worried if I was Italy.”

        Wonder what Italy is saying today? It’s only Lichtenstein, it’s not like it’s Ecuador.

  6. Toby

    June 4, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    That American ref was an embarrassment. Sending off Sterling for being hit. He just was wanted his 15 minutes of fame by sending of an English player.

    • Cody (#2)

      June 4, 2014 at 4:57 pm


      Read the rules of the game, then watch the foul again. Had Valencia been on his right leg, clean break.

      Red all day long for both players.

      • Toby

        June 4, 2014 at 5:37 pm

        Read the rules and watch the replay. Not only did Sterling touch the ball the maximum it should have been is a yellow card.

        What kind of idiot sends off players in friendly matches. He made it look like that Americans know nothing about soccer. When Valenica did a red card action he saw it as his opportunity to put his name in lights.

        • David

          June 4, 2014 at 6:17 pm

          Toby, you can’t be serious. 15 minutes of fame…really? Thanks for the laughs. Players get sent off all the time in friendlies. I thought the call being a red was the correct one.

        • Cody (#2)

          June 5, 2014 at 8:31 am

          Toby, I pray that you never referee a soccer match.

  7. Scoace

    June 4, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    I completely respect Roy Hodgsons squad selection until you see Jack Wilsher. Too light weight, no presence, spends more time on the floor and lets face it, he does look like he should be Lord of the Rings…

  8. Abdirahman

    June 4, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    What’s wrong with mr champion how an earth these two players w’ll miss the first game of the world cup? This friendly jon.

    • San Fransiscan

      June 4, 2014 at 4:54 pm

      He said they WON’T miss.

  9. rej4sl

    June 4, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    not on our t.v. except in Spanish. But Xfinity have unlocked Bein on the app so we can watch it live on the tablet.

    • Bo

      June 4, 2014 at 4:12 pm

      Just change your SAP. Both BeIN’s carry both languages on most matches.

  10. Abdirahman

    June 4, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    All these 11 who started tonight in england none of them w’ll start against italy in manuas. Only rooney has 50-50 chance

  11. goisles01

    June 4, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    I think it’s a mistake for Hodgson to use this match as an experiment instead of using it to get his starting 11 tighter

  12. Abdirahman

    June 4, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Its 8:00 pm in uk so every one in england is watching right now

    • Cody (#2)

      June 4, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      I gather that…hence my question.

      • truck

        June 4, 2014 at 4:19 pm

        I guess England wanted to get used to the afternoon heat/humidity that they’ll encounter in Brazil

        • goisles01

          June 4, 2014 at 4:32 pm

          They might get the humidity in Miami but they need to train in the deserts of Texas to get the heat

          • San Fransiscan

            June 4, 2014 at 4:53 pm

            Try Palm Springs.

  13. Cody (#2)

    June 4, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Question…is the England game being played at 3pmEST just so they can watch it in primtime over in England?

    Nobody is at the game.

  14. Abdirahman

    June 4, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Jon champion is commentating,

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