England begin plans for World Cup warmups

Roy Hodgson has lined up a trio of Latin American opponents for England to take on as part of their preparations for this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

Roy Hodgson

Although no agreement has been finalised, the Football Association are in talks with Ecuador, Honduras and Peru about playing friendlies at the end of May and start of June.

The first match, planned to be against Peru, would be at Wembley with games against Ecuador and Honduras at England's pre-tournament base in Miami.

The opponents have been selected as England will face two Latin American sides - Uruguay and Costa Rica - in Group D as well as an opening match against Italy.

Talks had taken place with USA Soccer chiefs about playing Jurgen Klinsmann's side but it is understood the FA wanted to play in Miami while the United States were keen to hold a friendly nearer their own pre-World Cup base on the West Coast.

Klinsmann has said he rejected Florida, where England will be based, as being too humid for a pre-tournament camp but that climate will be perfect preparation for Hodgson's men with their opening match deep in the Amazon jungle in the city of Manaus.

That match against Italy takes place on June 14 with England heading to Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte for their meetings with Uruguay and Costa Rica on 19 June and 24 respectively.

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