England national team is in Miami and they will start their final preparation phase for the 2014 World Cup with a match against Ecuador, another team that will play on the world stage this month.
Roy Hodgson will field an experimental lineup, after first testing young players against Denmark in March and then fielding his strongest lineup in a 4-2-3-1 formation against Peru several days ago. Now Hodgson will ensure all of his 23 players get playing time, and some of those players will be tested in unfamiliar positions.
Most notably, James Milner will get the right back spot. Manchester United pair Chris Smalling and Phil Jones will start in central defence, with Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka rested, and Southampton's Luke Shaw will get the starting spot on the left side after missing the Peru match with a cold. Ben Foster will replace Joe Hart in goal.
Frank Lampard and Jack Wilshere seem certain starters in midfield, with Ross Barkley, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rickie Lambert and Raheem Sterling also being possible candidates.
It seems Roy Hodgson is still uncertain what to do with Wayne Rooney, as after starting in the number 10 role against Peru this time the Manchester United striker will start out wide, on the left. Rooney will get plenty of playing time in this match as Hodgson is trying to build his match fitness.
Again, 4-2-3-1 seems Hodgson's formation of choice.
Ecuador will have their strongest lineup available, with Manchester United's Antonio Valencia as the best player on the team and the captain. Felipe Caicedo, currently playing for Al-Jazira, was a member of Manchester City for three seasons, 2008-2011, but spent most of the time on loans. He is the best striker in the squad and will be the biggest threat to Foster's goal.
Ecuador prefers to soak up pressure before launching a counter attack through the wings, as The Netherlands have learned in their recent 1-1 draw with Ecuador.
The match starts at 20:00 UK time.