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Wednesday, 4 June 2014
FA World Cup Finals warm-up Friendly Match

Ecuador 2 England 2 [1-1]

Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Miami, Florida, United States
Kick-off (EDT): 3.00pm 8.00pm BST
Attendance: 21,534

Ecuador kicked-off 92 minutes 45:00 & 47:08
[1-0] Enner Valencia header 8 7:44
 10-yard unopposed header to Foster's right from a Walter Ayoví cross

[1-0] Rickie Lambert's backheel hits the post 29 28:03
[1-1] Wayne Rooney 29 28:04
a right foot tap in from a yard, after Lambert's back-heel struck the post from an Oxlade-Chamberlain cross

[2-2] Michael Arroyo 70 69:24
  24-yard right-footed strike into Hart's top left corner from a Antonio Valencia lay-off
[1-2] Rickie Lambert 51 50:54
powerful right-footed strike across the goal from an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain lay-off
Expulsions: Antonio Valencia 79 78:05 Raheem Sterling 79 78:04
first friendly oppostion sending off since 1998 first friendly sending off since 1977
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley with Andy Townsend

Match Summary

Officials from United States

Ecuador Squad


England Squad
Referee (sky blue) - Jair Marrufo
36 (7 June 1977), El Paso, Texas, FIFA listed 2007.

Assistant Referees - Frank Anderson, 38 (11 November 1975) Santa Barbara, California and Corey Rockwell, 40 (26 February 1974) Phoenix.
Fourth official - Juan Guzmán, 27 (18 December 1986), San Bernardino, California

10 Goal Attempts 12
5 Attempts on Target 6
0 Hit Bar/Post 1
4 Corner Kicks Won 8
1 Offside Calls Against 3
11 Fouls Conceded 5
50% Possession 50%

Ecuador Team



FIFA (8 May 2014) 28th
EFO ranking n/a
ELO rating 16th to 17th
Colours: Made by Marathon - Yellow v-neck jerseys with pale blue shoulder panels/cuffs/underarm panel/torso trim, pale blue shorts, white socks with red/blue small trim.
Capt: Antonio Valencia
Édison Méndez, 79th min.
Manager: Reinaldo Rueda Rivera, 57 (16 April 1957 in Colombia), appointed 4 September 2010
Ecuador Lineup
1 Banguera Valdivieso, Máximo O. 28
170 days
16 December 1985 G Barcelona SC 25 0
4 Paredes Reasco, Juan C. 26
331 days
8 July 1987 RB Barcelona SC 38 0
2 Guagua Tamayo, Jorge D. 32
249 days
28 September 1981 CD CS Emelec 59 2
3 Erazo Vivero, Frickson R 26
30 days
5 May 1988 CD Clube de Regatas do Flamengo 37 1
Ayoví Corozo, Walter O. 34
297 days
11 August 1979 LB CF Pachuca, Mexico 90 8
Valencia Mosquera, L. Antonio 28
304 days
4 August 1985 RM Manchester United FC, England



17th expulsion vs. England
Valencia was sent-off in the 79th min. for taking exception (77:10) to Sterling's tackle on him on the touchline.
23 Gruezo Arboleda, Carlos A. 19
46 days
19 April 1995 CM VfB Stuttgart 1893, Germany 3 0
6 Noboa Tello, Cristhian F., off 50th min. 29
56 days
9 April 1985 CM FC Dynamo Moskva, Russia 42 2
7 Montero Vite, Jefferson A., off 68th min. 24
276 days
1 September 1989 LM CA Monarcas Morelia, Mexico 40 8
Valencia Lastra, Enner R., off 83rd min. 25
54 days
11 April 1989 RF CF Pachuca, Mexico 10 3
11 Caicedo Corozo, Felipe S., off 46th min. 25
272 days
5 September 1988 LF Al-Jazira SCC, UAE 50 15
Ecuador Substitutes
scoreline: Ecuador 1 England 1
9 Rojas Mendoza, Joao R., on 46th min. for Caicedo 24
355 days
14 June 1989 LF Cruz Azul FC AC, Mexico 30 2
8 Méndez Méndez, Édison V., on 50th min. (49:14) for Noboa 35
80 days
16 March 1979 CM Independiente Santa Fe SA, Colombia 111 18
scoreline: Ecuador 1 England 2
Arroyo Mina, Michael A., on 68th min. (67:27) for Montero 27
42 days
23 April 1987 LM CF Atlante, Mexico 20 3
scoreline: Ecuador 2 England 2
5 Ibarra Mina, Alex R., on 83rd min. (82:10) for E.Valencia 23
135 days
20 January 1991 LF SBV Vitesse, Netherlands 18 0
19 Saritama Padilla, Luis F., on 90th min. (89:01) for Gruezo 30
227 days
20 October 1983 DM Barcelona SC, on loan from Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito 49 0
21 Achilier Zurita, Gabriel E., on 90+1 min. (90:15) for Paredes 29
72 days
24 March 1985 RB CS Emelec 23 0
result: Ecuador 2 England 2
unused substitutes: 12-Adrián Bone, 14-Segundo Castillo, 17-Jaimen Ayoví, 18-Óscar Bagüí, 19-Luis Saritama, 20-Fidel Martínez, 21-Gabriel Achilier, 22-Alexander Dominguez.
Coach Reinaldo Rueda was in charge of Colombia when they took on England in May 2005.
4-4-2 Banguera -
(Achilier), Guagua, Erazo, W.Avoyi -
A.Valencia, Gruezo (Saritama), Noboa (Méndez), Montero (Arroyo) -
E.Valencia (Ibarra), Caicedo (Rojas).
Averages (Starting XI): Age 26 years 191 days Appearances/Goals 42.3 4.3


England Team



FIFA (8 May 2014) 11th
EFO ranking
Group 1 (3rd)
ELO rating 6th
Colours: The Nike 2014 away uniform - Red crew necked jerseys with shadowed pinstripes, white shorts with red trim, red socks.
Capt: Frank Lampard
(seventh (8) captaincy (2)).
Manager: Roy Hodgson, 66 (9 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
27th match, W 15 - D 9 - L 3 - F 56 - A 23.
England Lineup
13 Foster, Ben A. 31
62 days
3 April 1983 G West Bromwich Albion FC 7 4ᵍᵃ
17 Milner, James P. 28
151 days
4 January 1986 RB Manchester City FC 47 1
12 Smalling, Christopher L. 24
194 days
22 November 1989 CD Manchester United FC 12 0
16 Jones, Philip A. 22
103 days
21 February 1992 CD Manchester United FC 10 0
23 Shaw, Luke P.H., off 74th min. 18
327 days
12 July 1995 LB Southampton FC 2 0
8 Lampard, Frank J. 35
349 days
20 June 1978 RDM Chelsea FC 104 28
7 Wilshere, Jack A.G., off 87th min. 22
154 days
1 January 1992 LDM Arsenal FC 17 0
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexander M.D., injured off 63rd min. 20
293 days
15 August 1993 RM Arsenal FC 15 3
21 Barkley, Ross, off 84th min. 20
181 days
5 December 1993 AM Everton FC 5 0
Rooney, Wayne M., off 64th min. 28
223 days
24 October 1985 LM Manchester United FC 91 38
Lambert, Rickie L., off 84th min 32
108 days
16 February 1982 CF Liverpool FC 5 3
the 65th Liverpool player to represent England
England Substitutes
scoreline: Ecuador 1 England 2
1203 25 Flanagan, Jonathan P., on 63rd min. (62:39) for Oxlade-Chamberlain 22
154 days
1 January 1993
Liverpool FC 1 0
the 66th Liverpool player to represent England only app 2014
19 Sterling, Raheem S., on 64th min. (63:59) for Rooney 19
178 days
8 December 1994
in Kingston, Jamaica

Liverpool FC

2  0

15th player to be sent off for England youngest England player to be sent off  
79th min. for a high tackle (77:05) on A.Valencia that saw the Ecuadorian react third Liverpool player sent off first sub sent off
scoreline: Ecuador 2 England 2
24 Stones, John, on 74th min. (73:10) for Shaw 20
7 days
28 May 1994 LB Everton FC 2 0 0
11 Welbeck, Daniel N.T.M., on 84th min. (83:05) for Lambert 23
190 days
26 November 1990 CF Manchester United FC 23 14 8
14 Henderson, Jordan B., on 84th min. (83:07) for Barkley 23
352 days
17 June 1990 CM Liverpool FC 10 3 0
20 Lallana, Adam D., on 87th min. (86:31) for Wilshere 26
25 days
10 May 1988 DM Southampton FC 5 3 0
result: Ecuador 2 England 2
unused substitute: 22-Fraser Forster.
team notes: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's father, Mark Chamberlain, also played for England (1982-84).
4-2-3-1 Foster -
Milner, Smalling, Jones, Shaw
(Stones) -
Lampard, Wilshere
(Lallana) -
(Flanagan), Barkley (Henderson), Rooney (Sterling) -
notes: Flanagan went into right-back and Milner replaced Oxlade-Chamberlain
Averages (Starting XI): Age 25 years 363 days Appearances/Goals 28.6 6.6


    Match Report by Mike Payne

Back in 1970, just before the World Cup in Mexico, England played Ecuador in Quito, and won 2-0, and then went on to have quite a good tournament.  This time the fixture was played in Miami, but England will be hoping that history may repeat itself and they can again go on to make an impact in the competition.  Mind you, they will have to be a lot more solid than they were here at the home of the Miami Dolphins.

This was another match in the warm up to the World Cup and it was a tough game for England against another of the tournament qualifiers.  The weather was warm and humid, a little more like England can expect over the coming weeks, and Roy Hodgson made a number of changes to the team that beat Peru at Wembley five days ago.  More of the squad players were given a chance and in the first few minutes England made a bright and positive start.  Wayne Rooney almost latched on to a through ball, Ross Barkley just failed to set up Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ricky Lambert so nearly put Rooney in again.  With a little luck England could have been well ahead, but just as they were congratulating themselves for this excellent start, Ecuador's first attack brought a goal on eight minutes.

A corner should have been given as James Milner tried to clear, and Oxlade-Chamberlain could also have cut out the danger, but the ball landed at the feet of Walter Ayovi and he quickly sent in a terrific cross.  Chris Smalling didn't jump high enough and Luke Shaw made no challenge on the marauding Enner Valencia who powered home an unstoppable header.

Ecuador's goalkeeper, Maximo Banguera, often elected to punch the ball clear and showed signs of a typical eccentric South American goalkeeper!  But he was effective as England tried to fight back from the shock of conceding a goal.  On 14 minutes a great flick from Barkley set up Rooney again, but he could only scuff his shot wide.  Two minutes later and England's defence was all over the place as Ecuador almost scored a second.  In the end Carlos Gruezo's shot was saved by Ben Foster.  The goalkeeper was left exposed far too often in the first half and again he had to block another shot as Ecuador threatened again.  Then, as the game swung from end to end, Barkley made one of those trademark powerful forward runs, and with the help of Oxlade-Chamberlain he came so close to an equaliser.  Only desperate defending saved the day for the South Americans.

Frank Lampard fired in a long range shot which Banguera tipped over, but too many England passes were going astray and Antonio Valencia hit one good shot over the bar for Ecuador.  But to be fair England kept pushing forward and on 28 minutes they equalised.  Good play by Milner and Oxlade-Chamberlain saw a cross to the far post hit Lambert somewhere on the upper arm.  The ball dropped close to goal and Lambert then back-heeled the ball against a post as England scrambled around.  It was finally Rooney who made the vital touch to push it over the line, his 39th [ed: 38th] goal for his country, and despite the scrappy nature of the goal, the England talisman was delighted to score again.

Play still swung from end to end and the pace of the Ecuador wide men was certainly causing England problems, especially Milner, who looked uneasy in his right-back role. But Barkley and Oxlade-Chamberlain were looking very sharp, doing some super work and giving Hodgson plenty of food for thought.  It was good, too, to see Rooney looking as though he was enjoying his game, and that can only ever be good for England.

Just after the half-hour mark it was heart in the mouth time as Foster came hurtling out of his goal and missed the ball!  Luckily Enner Valencia lacked the necessary composure to fully punish the keeper and the ball went harmlessly wide.  At the other end Rooney came close when Shaw's pass came in from the left, and then Barkley had another attempt at goal.  Both managers would have been tearing their hair out at some of the defending, but it was England who came close again before the break.  First Rooney had a long range shot easily saved and then, following the best move of the half Oxlade-Chamberlain forced Banguera into the best save of the half.

The second half was a little more sedate, with the heat and tiredness gradually taking its' toll, but it certainly wasn't without incident.  Just as in the first-half England started brightly and six minutes into the half England were ahead.  A wonderful surging run by Barkley saw him stretch the Ecuador defence, and at the end of the run he laid the ball off perfectly for Lambert to crash home an unstoppable shot into the far corner.  Four minutes later and it was Oxlade-Chamberlain's brilliant run that almost set up Lambert again, but this time the shot was wide.

For the first time England looked more in control, but Ecuador weren't finished and Foster had to save from Antonio Valencia.  A real blow then struck England as Oxlade-Chamberlain was felled after a skirmish with Gruezo.  If body language was anything to go by then it looked serious for the Arsenal player, and everyone will be waiting for the result of the after-match scans he must now endure.

The injury seem to be the switch for Ecuador to come back again and over the next few minutes it was the South Americans who were controlling the play.  It culminated in an equaliser on 70 minutes, and what a strike it was!  Wilshere and Milner failed to close down substitute Michael Arroyo and the Ecuadorian punished them by hitting a screamer beyond Foster's despairing dive.

The many substitutions certainly upset the rhythm of the game in the latter stages, and that was probably no bad thing for England, although they received another blow when another major incident flared up on 78 minutes.  Substitute Raheem Sterling went in wildly on Antonio Valencia on the touchline, and in the hurly-burly of the Premier League it would probably have been no more than a yellow card.  But Valencia's over-the-top reaction as he grabbed Sterling by the throat, probably cost the pair of them their place on the pitch, as the referee showed both players red.  It was a shame as the game had previously been played in a good spirit, but Sterling will quickly have to learn how World Cup referees from other countries will interpret the laws of the game.

After that both sides seemed to settle for a draw and to be honest that was the fairest result.  It was a good workout for England but it was difficult to understand of what benefit it was to Hodgson, as it ended with more questions than answers.  Some players did their cause no harm, but others were found wanting and that is just a little worrying with a World Cup tournament just around the corner.


Source Notes

BBC Sport
ITV Sport

Mike Payne - football historian and contributor