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England leave for States

England's World Cup squad have left for Miami to complete their final preparations for Brazil.

The 23-man squad, along with standby players Jon Flanagan and John Stones, boarded a plane at Luton Airport ahead of what they hope will be six weeks away from home.

England have two friendlies lined up in the United States - Wednesday's game against Ecuador is followed by a meeting with Honduras on Saturday - and Roy Hodgson plans to give every player a run-out.

Neither Phil Jones nor Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made the bench for Friday night's Wembley win against Peru, but both are expected to start against Ecuador.

Speaking to Sky Sports News on the tarmac at Luton, the England manager said: "I certainly want no injuries, so I'll be concerned about that, but it's a case of getting everyone on the field of play and giving everyone a chance to get some minutes before we go into the tournament itself."

And Hodgson says he and his players are comfortable carrying the hopes of supporters into the finals, which begin on June 12 and finish in the Maracana on July 13.

He said: "It's without a shadow of a doubt going to be great adventure. We're all excited, we got a perfect send-off on Friday night and we're profiting from a very positive mood. We're positive and we'll do what we can.

"We know we're carrying a lot of hopes and dreams with us. We'd never suggest we don't want that responsibility and there's certainly more excitement than trepidation."