Author: Dan Mason
Published: 12:46 04/06/2014
England take on Ecuador on Wednesday night at Miami’s Sunlife Stadium in a penultimate international friendly before their attack on the 2014 World Cup later this month.
The Three Lions warmed up for the summer tournament with a 3-0 victory against Peru at Wembley last week, and head to Miami tonight (Wednesday 4 June) carrying unmissable betting odds of 4/1 to win with Betfair for new customers only against fellow World Cup rivals, Ecuador.
Although shaky against Peru last Friday in front of the home fans for the last time before their 12 June summer trip to Brazil, England enter as favourites to beat Ecuador in Miami before facing Honduras in their last warm-up game on Saturday.
England manager Roy Hodgson expressed in the pre-match build-up that he intends to put out a more ‘experimental’ line-up against Ecuador, toying with the idea of playing striker Wayne Rooney in a winger’s role while Steven Gerrard is rested in favour of Frank Lampard.
Youngster Luke Shaw should be expected to take the left-back starting spot from the rested Leighton Baines, while Phil Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain return from injuries as potential starters at the Sunlife Stadium also.
Rickie Lambert is a distinct possibility to start for England in place of last Friday’s hero Daniel Sturridge, Ladbrokes offering enhanced odds of 7/1 for the Liverpool-bound Forward to score first against Ecuador.
Hodgson added that James Milner could take right-back duties from Glen Johnson, while Everton’s young star Ross Barkley may feature in midfield.
England and Ecuador kick-off at 8pm on Wednesday night, the friendly match shown live on ITV1.