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England World Cup media talk 04/06/14

4 June 2014

By Rhys Griffiths

Here are a selection of Wednesday 4th June's big stories from the media covering the England team as they prepare for the World Cup in Brazil later this month:

Rooney to play on left against Ecuador (The Guardian)

Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney could be asked to play out on the left in tonight's warm-up match against Ecuador in Miami, the Guardian reports.

It appears Roy Hodgson still has lingering doubts about Rooney's match sharpness and feels another run out will help get him ready for the start of the tournament. The England boss said: "We think that he's recovering his match fitness and that starting a game will be to his advantage. We'll see how long he plays and that will be based on how we think his fitness is progressing."

Hodgson criticised for comparing Ecuador to Crewe (The Telegraph)

The England manager has come under fire after admitting he has limited knowledge of tonight's opponents Ecuador, the Telegraph reports.

Ecuador boss Reinaldo Rueda suggested that in the 21st century it should be possible to learn about other nations and their teams after the England boss responded to a question about football in Ecuador by saying: "That's a bit like me asking what you think of Crewe's chances of getting out of the second division."

England players shedding weight in training (The Mirror)

Roy Hodgson has taken his players to Florida to try to prepare them for conditions in Brazil and the players are losing two kilos each time the train in the Miami heat, the Mirror reports.

The training regime facing the players as they prepare for the World Cup is designed to ready the squad for the hot and humid conditions they will face when they play Italy in the Amazonian city of Manaus in their opening game. Goalkeeper Ben Foster said: "It's what goes with it. It's trying to replicate the heat and humidity out here. So we'd be weighed before and after training, so you'd know how much fluid you've got to replace."

Manaus mayor hopes fans 'behave like priests' (The Guardian)

England fans heading to Manaus for the Group D opener against Italy have been asked to behave like priests by the city's mayor, the Guardian reports.

Arthur Virgilio Noto says he expects around 7,000 England fans to arrive in his city for the game. He said: "When I go to England, I behave like a peaceful priest. I hope everyone who comes to Manaus will also behave like a priest."

England players getting saucy in Brazil build-up (The Mirror)

Red sauce is back on the menu for the England squad after boss Roy Hodgson overturned Fabio Capello's ketchup ban, the Mirror reports.

The ban on tomato sauce had not gone down all that well among players, but now it's back on the breakfast table alongside the brown sauce. Ben Foster told the Mirror: "The sauce is a sore point. We are allowed it now, yes. And butter, as well."

These stories have been selected from a variety of today's media sources and they do not represent the views of The Football League.

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