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England's Ross Barkley (21) battles Ecuador's Edison Mendez (8) for control of the ball in the second half of a friendly soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. The game ended a 2-2 tie. (Alan Diaz/AP)
England's Ross Barkley (21) battles Ecuador's Edison Mendez (8) for control of the ball in the second half of a friendly soccer match in Miami Gardens, Fla., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. The game ended a 2-2 tie. (Alan Diaz/AP)

Two sent off as England held by Ecuador in World Cup warm-up match Add to ...

A second-string England side were held to a 2-2 draw by Ecuador after a superb strike by substitute Michael Arroyo before both sides had a player sent off in a World Cup warm-up match on Wednesday.

Arroyo had not been on the pitch long when he unleashed a fierce right-foot drive from 20 metres in the 70th minute that gave goalkeeper Ben Foster no chance after Rickie Lambert had put England 2-1 in front following a run by Ross Barkley.

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But tempers frayed nine minutes later when England’s Raheem Sterling, who replaced Wayne Rooney just past the hour, flew into a tackle on Antonio Valencia. Ecuador’s captain retaliated by grabbing Sterling around the neck and both players were sent off.

Rooney, the only England player retained from the 3-0 win over Peru on Friday, had equalized from close range just before the half-hour after Ecuador had taken an eighth-minute lead when Enner Valencia powered home a close-range header.

Both teams made wholesale changes with England manager Roy Hodgson casting his eye over an experimental lineup while Ecuador’s Reinaldo Rueda made five alterations from the team that lost 3-1 to Mexico on Saturday.

Ecuador looked lively in the opening exchanges and took the lead when Enner Valencia got above Chris Smalling to head home after a fine left-wing cross by Walter Ayovi.

Carlos Gruezo then tested Foster with a low shot after a fine dribble and the keeper was called on again when he had to rush out to deny Jefferson Montero.

England responded when Frank Lampard, captaining the side with Steven Gerrard rested, struck a fine right-foot drive to force a fingertip save from Maximo Banguera after 25 minutes.

Rooney, who kept drifting into the middle from an unfamiliar role on the left, brought England level after 29 minutes when he fired into the net after Lambert, who appeared to have first handled the ball, saw his cheeky back-heel rebound off the post.

Both World Cup finalists made multiple substitutions but it was England who went ahead through Lambert’s low drive after the impressive Barkley sliced through the Ecuador defence before laying the ball into the Southampton striker’s path.

A lean-looking Rooney, who despite scoring his 39th goal for England never really stamped his authority on the match, was withdrawn after 64 minutes and replaced by Sterling.

Ecuador were still chasing an equalizer and almost got one when Enner Valencia’s mis-hit shot came back off the post. They eventually got on level terms thanks to Arroyo’s wonderful strike 20 minutes from time.

The match ended on a sour note, however, when England’s Liverpool forward Sterling made a reckless challenge on Ecuador’s Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia and referee Jair Marrufo brandished a red card to both players.

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