World Cup 2014 Video: Ecuador v England match report
VIDEO: Sam Wallace says England's performance against Ecuador showed the good and the bad of the national team.
Thursday 05 June 2014
The Independent’s chief football correspondent says that results of a scan on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's knee today will go a long way in defining the mood of the England camp over the next week.
The Arsenal man had to leave the 2-2 draw with Ecuador after an hour following a collision with the Ecuadorian Carlos Gruezo.
Sam Wallace said that Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ross Barkley were the two outstanding players in England's performance, both showing a "bravery, pace and willingness to run at the opposition" that the team has been lacking for some ten or twenty years.
Wallace said that England's performance showed the good and the bad of the side, with a second-string defence making mistakes while going forward the team showed promise. The potential combination of Wayne Rooney and Rickie Lambert, who both scored, was slightly overshadowed by a red card for Raheem Sterling just 16 minutes after coming off the bench.
Read more: England 2 Ecuador 2 match report
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Sterling will now miss the game against Honduras on Saturday, England's last warm-up game before their opening World Cup group match against Italy on June 14.
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