Saints star Shaw and Liverpool-bound Lambert likely to start for England on Wednesday

Basingstoke Gazette: Luke Shaw, right, arrives in Miami with the rest of the England squad this morning. Luke Shaw, right, arrives in Miami with the rest of the England squad this morning.

England touched down in the sweltering heat of Miami this morning to begin the next phase of their World Cup preparations - which are likely to include a start against Ecuador for Luke Shaw on Wednesday alongside Liverpool-bound Rickie Lambert.

England arrived at Fort Lauderdale airport, 30 miles north of Miami, just before 8pm local time on Sunday (1am Monday morning BST) before taking a 30-minute coach drive into the city.

They then checked in to the Mandarin Oriental hotel in the Brickell Key area of the Florida city.

England manager Roy Hodgson said the nine-hour journey over the Atlantic Ocean was "very good" when asked by the assembled media at the hotel.

Around a dozen reporters and cameramen had gathered to greet the 23-strong squad as they stepped off their coach.

The first man into the hotel was goalkeeping coach Dave Watson. He was followed soon after by the likes of Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Leighton Baines, who was carrying his guitar on his back.

The squad had a brief walk around their hotel before retiring for the night following a long day travelling.

The 23-man party, along with standby players John Stones and Jon Flanagan, will begin their preparations for Wednesday's friendly against Ecuador with a training session at Barry University on Monday.

England's departure from Luton airport was overshadowed by a stunt by comedian Simon Brodkin - best known for his performance as Lee Nelson in two BBC comedy series.

He was pictured attempting to mingle with England's players and staff as they waited for their luggage to be removed from a coach which had delivered them to a private terminal at the Bedfordshire airport.

Dressed in an identical suit to those worn by the England travelling party and brandishing a passport, Brodkin spent several moments in close proximity to the players before he appeared to be spotted first by captain Gerrard, after which members of security and local police intervened.

Brodkin was spoken to by a police officer before leaving the area.

A BBC spokeswoman said the stunt was not for a BBC project.

Temperatures will exceed 30 degrees centigrade and humidity levels will be high in Miami, where England will face Honduras three days after the Ecuador game.

The Three Lions will then fly to Brazil, where they begin their World Cup campaign on June 14 against Italy in Manaus.

Hodgson says he will field an experimental line-up against Ecuador in the first friendly in the Sun Life stadium, which is the home of NFL side the Miami Dolphins.

"Our plan really on Wednesday is basically to start the people who didn't start on Friday (against Peru)," said Hodgson, meaning the likes of Raheem Sterling, Shaw and Lambert are likely to face Ecuador.

Meanwhile, Hodgson has promised that his players will sing the national anthem loud and proud this summer.

"You very rarely play an international match against opponents and they haven't got their hands on their hearts and singing their anthem as loud as they can, and we've made a decision that that's what we're going to do too, because we are proud, we are happy to be wearing that England shirt," the England manager said.

"We have been doing it for two years. We are proud to be England players and, in my case, England manager, so when the national anthem comes up it's an obvious one for me that we sing it."

Given that Hodgson's 23-man World Cup squad contains 12 players who were not part of Euro 2012, the England boss will issue a reminder to his party for Brazil that they must sing the song this summer.

"Perhaps we need to remind them as the squad has changed so much," the 66-year-old said. "I hope they will.

I think we're great until the second verse comes along because we don't really know that," he added with a smile.

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8:17am Mon 2 Jun 14

Licky_Rambert says...

I was really looking forward to this years worldcup, but now it's going to be like watching your girlfriend dance with someone she's going to leave you for....
I was really looking forward to this years worldcup, but now it's going to be like watching your girlfriend dance with someone she's going to leave you for.... Licky_Rambert
  • Score: 6

8:27am Mon 2 Jun 14

Dgkinger says...

I think part of Liverpool's reason behind signing Lambert is to help capture Adam.
I think part of Liverpool's reason behind signing Lambert is to help capture Adam. Dgkinger
  • Score: 3

8:54am Mon 2 Jun 14

Hobson82 says...

Licky_Rambert wrote:
I was really looking forward to this years worldcup, but now it's going to be like watching your girlfriend dance with someone she's going to leave you for....
Us supporters need to move on..
I was upset when the likes of Shearer, Wallace, Flowers, Walcott, Bale, Ox etc.... left us. But you know what although all the above left, the Saints are still standing. Some of us think KL, RK & LR just want to sell our best players and make a hansome profit. Lets give them a full season and see what happens.
I'm looking forward to see what happens between now and the start of the new season. Who is the new manager going to be? Who will he sign? Who will he sell?
[quote][p][bold]Licky_Rambert[/bold] wrote: I was really looking forward to this years worldcup, but now it's going to be like watching your girlfriend dance with someone she's going to leave you for....[/p][/quote]Us supporters need to move on.. I was upset when the likes of Shearer, Wallace, Flowers, Walcott, Bale, Ox etc.... left us. But you know what although all the above left, the Saints are still standing. Some of us think KL, RK & LR just want to sell our best players and make a hansome profit. Lets give them a full season and see what happens. I'm looking forward to see what happens between now and the start of the new season. Who is the new manager going to be? Who will he sign? Who will he sell? Hobson82
  • Score: 2

9:54am Mon 2 Jun 14

Saint Red says...

Licky_Rambert wrote:
I was really looking forward to this years worldcup, but now it's going to be like watching your girlfriend dance with someone she's going to leave you for....
I hear ya, but you know what: those boys got into the England squad playing for Southampton. Two of them are still Saints, and the other loved his time at Southampton and was always very thankful for the opportunity we gave him. That is something to be proud of. And, despite all things, I still like to see Alex OC doing well and playing for England and all ex-Saints.

That said though, just thankful that Clyney wasn't selected for this squad! Whilst I think he is far better than Glen Johnson, he'd be off to some other club now by virtue of the gutter press. What a dilemma it is when it comes to our boys playing for England - utter pride mixed with a sense of dread!
[quote][p][bold]Licky_Rambert[/bold] wrote: I was really looking forward to this years worldcup, but now it's going to be like watching your girlfriend dance with someone she's going to leave you for....[/p][/quote]I hear ya, but you know what: those boys got into the England squad playing for Southampton. Two of them are still Saints, and the other loved his time at Southampton and was always very thankful for the opportunity we gave him. That is something to be proud of. And, despite all things, I still like to see Alex OC doing well and playing for England and all ex-Saints. That said though, just thankful that Clyney wasn't selected for this squad! Whilst I think he is far better than Glen Johnson, he'd be off to some other club now by virtue of the gutter press. What a dilemma it is when it comes to our boys playing for England - utter pride mixed with a sense of dread! Saint Red
  • Score: 2

11:07am Mon 2 Jun 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

Liverpool wanted a way in get our players. Rickie Lambert with his Tatoo is Liverpool after all. We just had him for the years he was not able to play for his side.

Watched Rickie this Season - at the beginning he showed good leadership - then with Adam as Captain - he suffered a loss of form and he was shaking his head at the tunnel at st Marys as he wanted away to Wet Spam and a big money move. He wanted to finish his career at a different Club and WANTED AWAY. He got his wish - and if he assist LFC in getting our Players - he will.

As a hardcore SAINTS Supporter - I now longer cheer him on or support him - he is liverpool through and through - and I don't like AWAY Supporters or other Premiership Clubs like some of the plastics you get at the big games. (same as the Saints Pub Crowd)

If we sell Dani at a loss - say 4 Million - then essentially we have given away Lambert for free.

Dani has said sorry - if he leaves the attitude in the dressing room - we could use him on the bench and the Cups - STILL NEED TO SIGN A CUTTING EDGE STRIKER.

Dani + Sam = few goals

I AM SURE THE BOARD TOOK THIS INTO ACCOUNT with their decision making and sentimental gesture towards Lambert.
Liverpool wanted a way in get our players. Rickie Lambert with his Tatoo is Liverpool after all. We just had him for the years he was not able to play for his side. Watched Rickie this Season - at the beginning he showed good leadership - then with Adam as Captain - he suffered a loss of form and he was shaking his head at the tunnel at st Marys as he wanted away to Wet Spam and a big money move. He wanted to finish his career at a different Club and WANTED AWAY. He got his wish - and if he assist LFC in getting our Players - he will. As a hardcore SAINTS Supporter - I now longer cheer him on or support him - he is liverpool through and through - and I don't like AWAY Supporters or other Premiership Clubs like some of the plastics you get at the big games. (same as the Saints Pub Crowd) If we sell Dani at a loss - say 4 Million - then essentially we have given away Lambert for free. Dani has said sorry - if he leaves the attitude in the dressing room - we could use him on the bench and the Cups - STILL NEED TO SIGN A CUTTING EDGE STRIKER. Dani + Sam = few goals I AM SURE THE BOARD TOOK THIS INTO ACCOUNT with their decision making and sentimental gesture towards Lambert. The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
  • Score: 2

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