England players warm to Miami

  • Last Updated: June 3 2014, 17:25 BST

England had better luck with the weather in Miami on Tuesday as the players trained at Sun Life Stadium ahead of their friendly with Ecuador.

England's Raheem Sterling during a training session at the Sun Life Stadium
England's Raheem Sterling during a training session at the Sun Life Stadium

After spending time in the Algarve and on home soil, Roy Hodgson's side jetted into Florida on Sunday evening for the latest stage of their World Cup preparations.

It was hot and sweaty when the Three Lions landed but the weather had vastly changed when they woke up in the United States the following morning, with torrential downpours and blustery conditions forcing the squad indoors.

There were no such problems on the eve of their friendly with Ecuador, though, with the pitchside temperature 27 degrees Celsius at the Sun Life Stadium.

Hodgson's 23-man World Cup squad all trained, as did standby players Jon Flanagan and John Stones, in the overcast, if humid, conditions - the kind of weather they are likely to face in their Group D opener against Italy in Manaus.

There were approximately 100 cameramen and journalists in attendance at the 75,540-seater stadium, where a smattering of locals invited by the British Embassy welcomed the squad to the field with a warm round of applause.

The players trained with the official World Cup ball at the part-open session, which saw fans installed pitchside to keep the coaching staff cool.