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Valencia, Sterling sent off as Ecuador, England draw

Jun 4, 2014, 4:51 PM EDT

Luis Antonio Valencia, Luke Shaw AP

Miami played host to a fiery friendly between England and Ecuador on Wednesday, with the clubs drawing 2-2 in a match that was lacking in quality defending.

The friendly also played host to bit of a skirmish, as England’s Raheem Sterling drew the ire of Ecuador captain Antonio Valencia with a late second-half tackle.

Liverpool’s Sterling slid into the ankles of Valencia on the sideline deep into the second half, taking the Manchester United player out. Valencia bounced to his feet and grabbed Sterling by the back of the neck, then briefly grasping his neck before walking away in anger.

Red cards were given to both players, though they will not affect the 2014 World Cup.

The game wasn’t light on action for a friendly, and England helped by playing a bizarre defensive set-up that included James Milner at outside back. Ecuador struck first when Enner Valencia leapt between Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling to head his nation into an 8th minute lead.

England leveled after a mishandled ball then was arguably handled by Rickie Lambert at the far post before Wayne Rooney tucked home the rebound for his 39th goal.

The Three Lions took the lead in the 51st minute through Ross Barkley‘s pass to newly re-minted Liverpool-man Lambert, but Michael Arroyo tied in 19 minutes later.

England plays Saturday against Honduras, likely with a much different lineup.

  1. fltacks - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    During a 2nd half break in the action for injury, England were sucking down the Gatorade to a man, while Ecuador were just walking around. England came to Miami expressly to acclimate to the hot and humid weather they rightly expect in Brazil. That said, the temperatures remained in the 70’s and it was cloudy, not at all hot but and not really that humid. If this is how England reacts to this rather moderate weather, then they are going to have a tough time in Brazil. One more chance on Saturday to acclimate, but it may not be enough.

    • lyleoross - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      The question becomes, why is it that England is smart enough to acclimate, but the U.S. is played in SF? Oh well, at least Nigeria is in Jacksonville.

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