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Miami: World Cup tuneup between England and Ecuador turns into unfriendly

Miami: World Cup tuneup between England and Ecuador turns into unfriendly

Posted by Liliana Castaño on June 05, 2014

England’s World Cup team must have felt right at home when it ran onto the Sun Life Stadium field Wednesday afternoon for what turned out to be a spirited — at times not-so-friendly — 2-2 warm-up match against Ecuador.

A light drizzle fell from the gray sky, thousands of fans in the stands wore English jerseys (some still in retired David Beckham’s No. 7), and banners hung on the walls from fans representing English club teams West Brom, Southampton, Manchester City, Everton, Ipswich, Norwich, and dozens more.

Oh, yes, there was even a skirmish between a Liverpool player and a Manchester United player.

There were an equal number of yellow-clad Ecuadorean fans there to see their World Cup team. The crowd of 21,534 was less than half what is expected for Saturday’s England versus Honduras match, largely because Wednesday’s kickoff was 3 p.m. to accommodate British television broadcasts, but it was a lively audience and there was no shortage of action on the field.

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