MIAMI: Manager Roy Hodgson is concerned about the fitness of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 10 days before England’s World Cup opener against Italy in Manaus.
Oxlade-Chamberlain was hurt during a 2-2 draw with Ecuador in Miami when Gruezo kicked the bottom of Oxlade-Chamberlain’s right foot and then, while rolling over exaggeratedly, landed on the back of the Arsenal midfielder’s leg.
Afterwards, Hodgson said: “Oxlade-Chamberlain is the one that bothers. His knee buckled under the the challenge as the player turned into him. He’ll have a scan tomorrow, I’d imagine. When we’ve had the scan, we’ll know more.”
In the humid Floridian climate, Enner Valencia headed Ecuador in front after some sloppy defending by Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw.
Wayne Rooney equalised and Rickie Lambert brilliantly put England ahead, but Roy Hodgson had to settle for a 2-2 draw thanks to Michael Arroyo’s long-range strike.
Raheem Sterling and Antonio Valencia were dismissed in the second half after the Manchester United winger reacted to a reckless challenge by his Liverpool counterpart.
Hodgson added: “I’m disappointed. I thought it was a fierce challenge from young Raheem, not a foul challenge. He played the ball and accelerated into the ball.
“I’m disappointed with Antonio’s reaction, grabbing the player. Had he not jumped up there wouldn’t have been a problem but, when he does that, the referee had to deal with that and sent Raheem off. I’m pleased Raheem didn’t react to a lot of people milling around him.
“Otherwise I thought it was a good game. I was disappointed with the sendings off, and the potential injury to one of our players – but as a friendly, a warm-up match for our players, it was good.
“They tested us but we dealt with them very well for long periods, and caused their defence many problems. We could have been several goals up before they scored their goal.”