Wednesday, 4th June, 2014

England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that he will make changes to his starting eleven for their penultimate World Cup warm-up match against Ecuador tonight.

Hodgson, who put forward a strong team in the Three Lions’ 3-0 win over Peru on Friday, hinted that he may provide opportunities to the younger players of his squad against the South American nation at the Sun Life Stadium.

However, the former Liverpool boss refused to divulge any details, saying he will only reveal his team after going through with the preparations for the game.

Hodgson, who further explained that his World Cup squad have no injury concerns, wants things to remain that way at the start of the showpiece event.


"Everyone is fit,” he told the FA’s official site.

"There will be changes to the team but I cannot speak in detail because we will have a meeting where we will go through Ecuador and our preparation for the game.

“At that time I will tell the team who is playing.

"I know a lot about the team and am comfortable with the 23 players I have brought here. It is a preparation game in the build-up to the opening game on 14 June. I hope I get no injuries.”

England, who are in Group D, will begin their World Cup campaign against Italy on 14th June.

Hodgson’s side will then face Uruguay on 19th June before tackling Costa Rica in their final group stage fixture five days later.

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