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FA confirms Ecuador, Honduras, Peru friendlies

ESPN staff
January 16, 2014
England will hope Wayne Rooney is back to full fitness by June © PA Photos

England will prepare for the World Cup with friendly matches against Ecuador and Honduras at the Miami Dolphins' Sun Life Stadium in June.

Roy Hodgson's men will play Ecuador on June 4 and Honduras three days later before flying to their World Cup base in Rio de Janeiro.

The FA has also announced a friendly against Peru on May 30, which will be England's final game at Wembley before the Brazil showpiece.

England will also host Denmark on March 5.

Hodgson told the FA's website: "I'm delighted with the games we have been able to secure and the programme running up to the World Cup in general.

"I was clear to those responsible at the FA that I was looking for Central and South American opposition ahead of the tournament and that is exactly what has been delivered.

"In our training camps here and abroad, I hope to foster the spirit and work ethic that we are going to need out in Brazil.

"It is a tournament I want us to enjoy, but to do that we must work hard and play well."

England will open their Group D campaign against Italy in Manaus on June 14, before facing South American champions Uruguay five days after and Costa Rica on June 24.

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