International Friendlies

Ecuador 2-2 England

By Phil McNultyChief football writer in Miami
Raheem Sterling
  • Oxlade-Chamberlain injures knee and requires scan
  • Sterling sent off and banned from final warm-up game
  • Ecuador's Valencia dismissed for reaction to Sterling tackle
  • Rooney scores from unfamiliar wide role

Raheem Sterling was sent off and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered a worrying knee injury as England produced a mixed display to draw with Ecuador in their World Cup warm-up game in Miami.

Liverpool youngster Sterling was dismissed 11 minutes from time for a clash with Manchester United's Antonio Valencia - who was also given a red card for reacting furiously to the challenge.

It provided a sour note for manager Roy Hodgson - as did the injury sustained by Oxlade-Chamberlain - as he saw his experimental side struggle defensively but produce some excellent work going forward, especially from Everton midfielder Ross Barkley.

Man of the match graphic

Ecuador took advantage of poor England defending as Enner Valencia headed them in front early on but Wayne Rooney bundled in his 39th goal for his country before half-time.

Rickie Lambert celebrated his dream £4m move to Liverpool by putting England ahead just after the interval following brilliant work by Barkley but the South Americans levelled through substitute Michael Arroyo's spectacular strike.

With temperatures and humidity high, it was the perfect conditioning work-out for England and there were pluses for Hodgson.

Rooney worked hard in his left-flank role and got another 63 minutes under his belt while Barkley demonstrated once again that he could become a real World Cup wildcard. Oxlade-Chamberlain also delivered some good moments before departing with an injury that his manager said afterwards was serious enough to require a scan.

None of England's revamped defence suggested they would start at the World Cup as central defensive pairing Chris Smalling and Phil Jones looked uncertain and the ploy of playing James Milner at right back was not a success.

England can now fine tune further against Honduras here on Saturday before flying to Brazil to embark on their World Cup campaign.

Rickie Lambert
Rickie Lambert's goal was his third in five games for England

Hodgson's second string looked exactly that at times - and defensive frailties were exposed as Ecuador went ahead with their first attack after eight minutes.

Milner stood off Walter Ayovi and when Smalling got caught under his cross, Valencia beat Luke Shaw to the ball at the far post to head powerfully past Ben Foster.

Foster, meanwhile, had mixed success racing from his line, as England's lack of understanding left them vulnerable, but they were soon edging their way back into the game.

Ecuador 2-2 England: Wayne Rooney and Roy Hodgson react

Captain Frank Lampard had already dragged one shot across the face of goal before forcing Ecuador keeper Maximo Banguera into action from long range.

And Hodgson's side were on level terms just before the half-hour as Rooney scrambled in from almost on the line after Lambert had flicked a shot against the post. It was not the prettiest of goals but Rooney's celebration indicated how much it meant to him.

Foster's risky dash out almost gave Valencia another chance but England escaped and almost went ahead when Shaw's fine run set up Rooney, who could not hit the target.

Barkley's powerful running had already set up Oxlade-Chamberlain and the Everton man showed his class once more as England went ahead after 51 minutes. He weaved his way through Ecuador's defence before laying the ball into the path of Lambert, who thumped in a powerful angled finish.

Ecuador were still strong, though, and causing problems for England's unconvincing rearguard.

When Oxlade-Chamberlain fell awkwardly under a challenge he was substituted in apparent discomfort, and Rooney was also taken off after 63 minutes.

The changes were the signal for a flurry of activity that ended with Ecuador equalising as substitute Arroyo marked his introduction by sending a magnificent finish high past Foster from 25 yards.

Sterling had made a promising entrance but then got involved in the skirmish that led to red cards for him and Valencia. The Liverpool forward's wild challenge infuriated Valencia, who reacted by grabbing him by the neck.

It was an unsatisfactory conclusion to a mixed bag of a performance from England.

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Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Banguera
  • 4ParedesSubstituted forAchilierat 90+1'minutes
  • 10Ayoví
  • 23GruezoSubstituted forSaritamaat 90'minutes
  • 2Guagua
  • 3Erazo
  • 16A ValenciaBooked at 79mins
  • 6NoboaSubstituted forMéndezat 50'minutes
  • 11CaicedoSubstituted forRojasat 45'minutes
  • 13E ValenciaSubstituted forIbarraat 83'minutes
  • 7MonteroSubstituted forArroyoat 68'minutes


  • 5Ibarra
  • 8Méndez
  • 9Rojas
  • 12Bone
  • 14Castillo
  • 15Arroyo
  • 17Ayoví
  • 18Bagüí
  • 19Saritama
  • 20Martínez
  • 21Achilier
  • 22Domínguez


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Foster
  • 17Milner
  • 23ShawSubstituted forStonesat 74'minutes
  • 7WilshereSubstituted forLallanaat 87'minutes
  • 16Jones
  • 12Smalling
  • 15Oxlade-ChamberlainSubstituted forFlanaganat 63'minutes
  • 8Lampard
  • 18LambertSubstituted forWelbeckat 84'minutes
  • 21BarkleySubstituted forHendersonat 84'minutes
  • 10RooneySubstituted forSterlingat 64'minutesBooked at 79mins


  • 1Hart
  • 2Johnson
  • 3Baines
  • 4Gerrard
  • 5Cahill
  • 6Jagielka
  • 9Sturridge
  • 11Welbeck
  • 14Henderson
  • 19Sterling
  • 20Lallana
  • 22Forster
  • 24Stones
  • 25Flanagan
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Match Stats

Home TeamEcuadorAway TeamEngland
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ecuador 2, England 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ecuador 2, England 2.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Ecuador. Joao Rojas tries a through ball, but Édison Méndez is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Ecuador. Conceded by Danny Welbeck.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Michael Arroyo (Ecuador) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is blocked.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Ecuador. Gabriel Achilier replaces Juan Carlos Paredes.

  7. Post update

    Foul by James Milner (England).

  8. Post update

    Renato Ibarra (Ecuador) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Ecuador. Luis Saritama replaces Carlos Gruezo.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Arroyo (Ecuador) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Édison Méndez.

  11. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, England. Adam Lallana replaces Jack Wilshere because of an injury.

  13. Post update

    Delay in match Jack Wilshere (England) because of an injury.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, England. Jordan Henderson replaces Ross Barkley.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, England. Danny Welbeck replaces Rickie Lambert.

  16. Post update

    Offside, England. Jon Flanagan tries a through ball, but Ross Barkley is caught offside.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Ecuador. Renato Ibarra replaces Enner Valencia.

  18. Post update

    Corner, England. Conceded by Édison Méndez.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Frickson Erazo (Ecuador) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Michael Arroyo with a cross.

  20. Dismissal

    Antonio Valencia (Ecuador) is shown the red card for fighting.

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Wednesday 4th June 2014

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