England fly to Miami as World Cup preparations continue

The Three Lions will play friendlies against Ecuador and Honduras in the United States, having defeated Peru 3-0 at Wembley, before flying on to Brazil for the competition itself
England have jetted off to Miami as they step up their preparations for this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

Fresh from beating Peru 3-0 at Wembley on Friday, the entire 23-man squad have flown to Florida, while stand-by defenders Jon Flanagan and John Stones have also travelled, with the blessing of Liverpool and Everton, respectively.

England's upcoming fixtures
Jun 4
England v Ecuador
Jun 7
England v Honduras
Jun 14
England v Italy
Jun 19
England v Uruguay
Jun 24
England v Costa Rica
Once in the United States, England will face Ecuador on June 4 before clashing with Honduras three days later, and Hodgson insists every member of the squad will get a chance to show what they can do before they travel to Brazil.

“I will make certain that every member of the squad has at least played some football before we get to face Italy,” he said following the victory over Peru. “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.”

England travel to South America on June 8 and will clock up more air miles when in Brazil. They will base themselves at the Royal Tulip Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, and face a journey of 1,774 miles up to Manaus, the location of their opening fixture against Italy. While there they will stay in the Blue Tree Premium before flying back to Rio, and then jetting 223 miles to Sao Paulo for the second game against Uruguay. Then, having returned to base once again, they will fly 215 miles to Belo Horizonte for the final group game against Costa Rica.

The Three Lions would play in either Rio or Fortaleza if they were to make it out of Group D, and Joe Hart is confident heading into the tournament.

In an exclusive interview with Goal, he outlined his intention to come home victorious: “We’re going there to win it, otherwise there isn’t any point in going there. You can’t go with any other mentality.

“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.

“We’ve got exciting young players who are getting chances at Premier League sides and playing at the top level. We have some really good talent and hopefully we will use that.

“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.”

THREE LIONS DEPART | England manager Roy Hodgson and captain Steven Gerrard

THREE LIONS DEPART | The Official World Cup photo