England were held to a thrilling 2-2 draw with Ecuador in their penultimate World Cup warm-up game at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium, a game in which Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered possible ligament damage.
Roy Hodgson’s side started brightly, but found themselves behind after eight minutes when Enner Valencia rose to meet Walter Ayovi’s cross and head it beyond Ben Foster.
Defensively frailties had England looking vulnerable at the back as Foster was called into action on numerous occasions, before some probing in front of goal led to a 28th-minute leveller from Wayne Rooney.
The lively Oxlade-Chamberlain surged into the area and teed a cross up towards the back post where Rickie Lambert was arriving. His presence caused a scramble inside the box, clipping the post with a back-heel before Rooney pounced on the loose ball from close range.
England then took the lead just after the break after an excellent run from Ross Barkley teed up Lambert inside the area and Liverpool’s newest recruit fired into the bottom corner with the outside of his right boot.
However, Michael Arroyo stepped off the bench to make it 2-2 as he was allowed to get his shot away from the edge of the area and fire beyond Foster with a stunning strike into the top corner.
Second-half substitute Raheem Sterling was dismissed alongside Antonio Valencia following an altercation between the pair after a lunging challenge from the Liverpool winger as the two sides battled out a draw.
Sterling is not expected to be suspended for any game other than Saturday’s friendly with Honduras, also in Miami.
But Hodgson confirmed in his post-match press conference that Oxlade-Chamberlain would be going for a scan on an injury he suffered during the second-half in a clash with Carlos Greuzo.
5 June 2014 | 3:32 am – Source: orange.co.uk