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Rueda ready for England test

Ecuador head coach Reinaldo Rueda stressed England have a number of quality players ahead of Wednesday's friendly.

England are set to make a number of changes to their side to face Ecuador as they continue their preparations for the World Cup.

England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed Wayne Rooney will start at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, with opponents Ecuador ready to deal with threat he and his team-mates pose.

"Their team is at a tremendous level throughout, so it's not just about one player," Rueda said.

"Rooney is a goalscorer and a leader, we know that, but England have Gerrard, they have Lampard, they have Welbeck, they have Smalling.

"Rooney is Rooney, but we focus on the collective and they are a strong side."

Ecuador finished above England's Group D opponents Uruguay in World Cup qualifying, yet do not possess the same star names.

It meant Hodgson and Frank Lampard squirmed somewhat when asked in-depth questions about Ecuadorian football, such as the evolution of football in the country.

Hodgson said in response it was "a bit like me asking you what are the chances of Crewe Alexandra getting out of the second division" but Rueda did not seem too bothered by that lack of knowledge.

"I didn't hear him," he said. "In this century, you have all these available options to see teams and players, so I don't know but it may be something he's just saying."