LIVE BLOG: England v Ecuador


After their less than impressive 3-0 friendly win against Peru with a scoreline that was more flattering than anything else, England suit up against fellow World Cup contestant Ecuador in Miami, Florida.  The climate for the match will be far closer to that which The Three Lions will face in Brazil in just over a week, and this match will be a better test to benchmark Roy Hodgson’s men.  The England gaffer has also gone with a drastically different starting XI for the match as he continues to experiment with his squad – as always, co-Editors Drew and Young will bring you coverage from start to finish complete with analysis, thoughts, opinions and banter.

Frank Lampard gets the nod in midfield today along side Jack Wilshere as Roy Hodgson continues to experiment. Mandatory Credit: Paul Frederiksen-USA TODAY Sports

Frank Lampard gets the nod in midfield today along side Jack Wilshere as Roy Hodgson continues to experiment. Mandatory Credit: Paul Frederiksen-USA TODAY Sports

On tap for during the match will be the following major topics of discussion;

- Rickie Lambert starting at striker and what that means for the England attack

- Wayne Rooney being slotted into the left-wing slot as Hodgson continues to try to find ways to make England work with him – is this his last chance?

- Ross Barkley starting after he impressed in less than ten-minutes against Peru

- Have England found more cohesion on the pitch than they exhibited against Peru

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68 Comments on LIVE BLOG: England v Ecuador

  1. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Hello all and welcome to our second Live Blog in coverage for England’s World Cup preparations – plenty of talking points on tap for the day and myself as well as Young will be here with you from the first whistle till the last

  2. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    Lambert will look pretty lost without Lallana playing behind him to be his guide. I really doubt this match will actually prove Lambert’s worth given that none of his teammates are familiar with his style of play. As much as I love that guy and wish that he’d be starting, there’s a good chance he’ll be ineffective.

    • Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

      Agree that Lambert is far more effective when his club-mate Lallana is with him in the attack – he will not have the same understanding behind in with Rooney, Barkley and Oxlade-Chamberlain. VERY curious to see how Shaw and Barkley do from the off, though.

  3. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Well that was an excellent quick long-ball over the top but Rooney just couldn’t handle it…nothing comes from the corner

  4. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    England are looking far more impressive in the early exchanges

  5. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    May have been offsides, but excellent vision by Lambert…this is what he brings to the side that maybe Sturridge does not – Barkley has brought a ton of energy so far, he looks eager to impress as well

  6. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    England Defence left sleeping, as Enner Valencia scores a brilliant header. What athletic display

  7. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    My word – what a cross and what a goal by Ecuador…their first foray into the English defensive third and it results in a goal…delicious bit of service from Ayovi and Valencia hammered home the header…warning signs for England? That almost seemed too easy…

  8. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Why is Milner playing at right-back is the question…someone like Jones or Smalling would not have given up space for the cross so easily…

  9. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    On another topic, I’m really hoping Rooney doesn’t win the starting spot. Hodgson is too hesitant unlike the rest of England to let go of Rooney. He has been too cautious and lacking any sense of adventure. At this rate, he’s useless.

    • Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

      Agreed – for me right now, I really don’t slot Rooney into the XI..he takes more away than he brings IMO

  10. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Good move again by England – Barkley in the center of the build up…see why I have been calling for Barkley now, Young?

    • Young Kim Young Kim says:

      Can they hurry up and sub out Rooney for Sterling and Ox for Lallana? Who cares about inexperience, this is the experience they need.

      I’m more convinced with Barkley’s playmaking abilities every passing touch he gets. He is playing great football and seems to know what he’s doing. Definitely working magic on the offense

      • Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

        I’d give Ox till the half, he may well come good in the next 25min but Rooney again…just…you know how I feel about him…Lallana or Sturridge would be far more prudent

  11. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    sixes and sevens at the back for England really – Ecuador’s pace and energy is giving them massive issues…you just have to think that Smalling and Jones just do not have the coolness about them required to see time at CB in any large amount – still question why they were even brought…for me, it needed to be Caulker and Davies

  12. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Milner is utterly useless at RB…what Hodgson was thinking is beyond me…

  13. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    Did you catch that move by Oxlade-Chamberlain? Brilliance…straight out of a Nike Ad

  14. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    NO! – Barkley must shoot there rather than lay it off to the Ox…he has a killer right foot…he needed to smash that past the keeper but he did so well on the break up till that critical point…

  15. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Barkley continues to impress with every touch – surely he is in the process of winning a starting job currently…

  16. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    Rooney scores off of Lambert’s rebound, but still hasn’t convinced us that he’s World Cup ready

    • Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

      questions of hand-ball as well…despite him being in the right place at the right time, so as Lambert…so…still not much to take away from that goal…still not convinced…

  17. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Oh look…Rooney scored in a friendly – taking bets on how many goals he scores in Brazil…I’m going with only one…

  18. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Milner undressed on the right flank yet again – please stop this madness with immediate haste…he’s been abysmal…

  19. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    Lambert is doing well thus far…but that Rooney guy had to steal the spotlight. #WhatADick

  20. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    i must admit though, I don’t regret picking Ecuador to beat out Switzerland in the group stages as I’m watching this :D

    • Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

      You certainly may be on to something there – so much pace and a fantastic work ethic…that could run Switzerland into the ground potentially…

  21. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Smalling and Jones need to be strung up by their ankles in a public forum – they have been horrendous…even worse than Milner – where is Caulker? Davies? even Shawcross? All three are far better…the pair of them are only there cause they play for United surely…

  22. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    Caulker and Davies…my my Hodgson I hope you feel foolish

  23. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    They need more service to Lambert…he’s having to come too deep/stray away from his position to find the ball…he’s a target man…they need to utilize him more efficiently…Rooney, apart from his goal, has been quiet – Barkley has been one of England’s best over the first 45min

    • Young Kim Young Kim says:

      I’d also want to give Ox some props. He’s made some amazing runs to the goal in this game.

      • Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

        He knows how to make fantastic off the ball runs for sure – that’s one of the shining parts to his game

  24. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Back and forth match this one honestly – Ecuador are providing England with an excellent pre-tournament test…will be interesting to see if Hodgson adjusts at the half or not

  25. Cass G says:

    Hello again, WAH! I unfortunately had to tune in about 20 minutes after kickoff today, but there was plenty to pick up on during the latter portion of the first half. Impressive solidity at times from England’s defensive midfield, first off. In the final third, Rooney is adding a wealth of depth with his movement, although he’s been dynamic to the point of exposing central areas, and the attacks are beginning to disintegrate. More focus on provision to Lambert and Barkley, and any increase in connection between the pair of them would be positive. I’d like to see both teams really strive to maximize the playing conditions; a hazy Miami in June is the perfect climate to test a squad’s limits, in both physical performance and mentality.

    • Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

      Young and I disagree with you immensely on the Rooney topic haha – Barkley has been crucial thus far, he’s showing why he deserves a spot in the XI – Milner, Jones and Smalling have been terrible, Lambert needs to be included more and Ox has shown his ability to find open space to stretch the Ecuadorian back-line but all in all England need to up their level of play…this is still not good enough to get past the likes of Italy and Uruguay, but it is an improvement on their performance against Peru

      • Cass G says:

        Well, at least I called the Barkley-Lambert link-up :) Agreed, Ox is putting in a massive workrate, and Barkley has found space better than any other player (Exhibit A: Lambert’s goal). In any case, I think that it’s more of an overlying theme that England needs to step-up. That said, I do believe Rooney was engaging wide players quite well with his movement during the latter half of the first 45′. Perhaps not what he’ll need for Italy, but positive in any case.

        • Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

          I just don’t think Rooney offers anything that makes him a NEED for the XI – Lambert; Sturridge, Barkley, Sterling/Lallana/Ox for me is the attacking four…Rooney just hasn’t done anything…sure he attracts attention, but so do other players

  26. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Second-Half underway…we’ll see how England responds…

  27. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Excellent one-two from Lambert and Wilshere but the end product lacked…but again, signs of promise…

  28. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    OH MY WORD!!!!!! RICKIE LAMBERT!!!! AFTER BEAUTIFUL WORK FROM ROSS BARKLEY!!!!

  29. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    Barkley to Lambert for the perfect goal! I guess they talked things out at the second half

  30. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Barkley was key yet again in the build-up, did excellent to beat his defender, draw attention, then lay off Lambert who unleashed an absolute howitzer…fantastic all around…

  31. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    Tricky Rickie Lambert almost had his second goal, courtesy of a brilliant run by the OX

    • Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

      The young players are all coming good right now – Barkley, Ox even Wilshere is playing better this half…

  32. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    Oh yesi! Raheem The Dream Sterling coming in for Wayne Rooins

  33. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Hopefully Ox will be fine, Sterling on for the un-impressive Rooney despite his goal…

  34. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    Ecuador carves up England’s backline, but unfortunately hit the bar! So close to tying the match!

    • Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

      It’s worth noting that when Cahill, Jagielka and Johnson are starting as they should, England will not be THAT easy to break down or beat in aerial duels

  35. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    WHAT…A…STRIKE BY ARROYO…MY WORD…

  36. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    WHAT A SCREAMER BY MICHAEL ARROYO!!! NEVER UNDERESTIMATE LIGA MX PLAYERS!!!

  37. Cass G says:

    Ouch. #CahillPlease

    • Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

      Never fear, Cahill and Jagielka will be the starting pairing, and thank god for that, because Jones and Smalling have been, in a word, garbage – this is why Caulker, Davies and Shawcross deserved strong consideration

      • Cass G says:

        Yes, of course. This is the place and setting for experimenting, so credit to Hodgson for taking a leap and realizing the incohesive nature of today’s CB pairing. Jagielka-Cahill will be remarkably more in-sync.

  38. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Good lord…apparently Ecuador had a 155mm howitzer on their bench the entire time…what a fantastic strike…perfect technique…

  39. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    WHAT?!?!!?!? That is not a red card on either end – yellow cards for both players and press on…utterly ridiculous…

  40. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    Manchester United just looked terrible

  41. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    I don’t get Sterling’s send off…not deserved…

    • Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

      Completely uncalled for – rash challenge yes, but never more than a yellow – Sterling got sent-off due to Valencia’s childish reaction…

  42. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    As it stands right now, my mind is not changed

  43. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    England’s backline was just god awful today…Milner was constantly exposed and that gave Ecuador plenty of cnfidence to attack the right.

    Rooney…should not start.

    Barkley, Ox, Sterling/Lallana, are interchangeable and should all merit some quality playing time.

    • Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

      Agreed in full to be honest – Rooney, apart from his goal, was MIA yet again. Milner was woeful as was Jones and Smalling – for me the back four is set in stone. Rooney does not warrant a starting place, Barkley certainly does…but do you start Sturridge AND Lambert or not? Big question that will be, can see the cases for both sides of it.

  44. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    That’s it for us from here, stay tuned for further Live Blogs, including one for each and every match at the World Cup. So long!