Posted January 09, 2014

England to play pre-World Cup friendlies in Miami but not against USA

2014 World Cup, England national team, Grant Wahl, International Soccer, U.S. men's national team, U.S. Soccer
Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard

Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and England will play a pair of pre-World Cup friendlies in Miami but not against the USA. (Cal Sport Images/AP)

The English national team will play friendlies against Honduras and Ecuador in Miami as part of its pre-World Cup training camp there, but England will not meet the U.S. national team, a U.S.-based source with knowledge of the plans told SI.com on Thursday.

U.S. Soccer and England’s FA had discussed arranging a friendly, the source said, but talks broke down in part because of logistics: England wanted the game to take place in Florida or on the East Coast, while the U.S. wanted it to happen on the West Coast (closer to where the U.S.’s pre-World Cup camp is likely to take place).

U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann told SI.com a few months ago that Florida was too humid to be a location for the U.S.’s pre-World Cup camp.

2 comments
Alt4leto
Alt4leto

Actually our second match is the one in the amazon. England also plays a match in Manaus. What the heck are they thinking trying to prep in humidity. Bloody fools.

PFunk73
PFunk73

Too humid?  Our 1st match is in the flipping Amazon!  Might a humid training match be of some use?