World Cup Fever Strikes as England Fly to Miami

Jake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016

With the England football team now on their way to Miami to play a final two friendlies against Ecuador and Honduras, World Cup fever seems to have well and truly set in.

England jetted off to Miami this morning after a 3-0 victory against Peru on Friday in order to continue preparations for the World Cup in Brazil. Hopefully the searing heat and humidity will prepare the team for the tropical climes they’re likely face in Brazil.

Once they arrive in the US of A, the England boys will be facing off in a friendly against Ecuador before a final pre-World Cup battle with Honduras three days later. Hodgson will be testing out the entire squad during these games to give each player the chance to prove they’ve got what it takes to play in the starting eleven in Brazil.

“I will make certain that every member of the squad has at least played some football before we get to face Italy,” Hodgson commented in the press conference that followed the Peru game at Wembley. “In the back positions we have a pretty clear idea of what we want.

“Once you get past Steven Gerrard in midfield there are five positions to fill. I think there are plenty of options there.”

Fighting Chance

Speaking to online football magazine Goal, Joe Hart outlined his belief that this year’s England team really does have what it takes to win the World Cup.

“We’re going there to win it, otherwise there isn’t any point in going there. You can’t go with any other mentality,” he said. “I think when it comes to it, the players have our own internal beliefs. We have the belief of the management and belief in each other to go out and perform – and that’s the most important thing.

“It’s a World Cup, it was never going to be an easy group. I don’t think you will ever look at a group in a World Cup and say ‘that’s easy’ because everyone has earned the right to be there.”

England’s Upcoming Football Matches

England’s got a tough line up of fixtures, but we think the Three Lions have got what it takes. Check out England’s odds at Paddy Power and show your support by backing our boys!

June 4 – England v Ecuador (friendly)

June 7 – England v Honduras (friendly)

June 14 – England v Italy (World Cup Group D fixture)

June 19 – England v Uruguay (World Cup Group D fixture)

June 24 – England v Costa Rica (World Cup Group D fixture)