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Storms force England indoors

England were forced to train indoors on Monday as torrential storms welcomed them on their first morning in Miami.

Roy Hodgson's squad arrived in Florida on Sunday to hot and sweaty conditions ahead of their pre-World Cup friendlies against Ecuador and Honduras.

But the weather worsened on Monday with heavy rain leaving their practice pitches waterlogged, forcing Hodgson to take his men to the indoor facilities at their Barry University training base.

Similarly stormy conditions are forecast for the rest of the week, including for Wednesday when they face Ecuador at Sun Life Stadium.

England's first training camp in Portugal two weeks ago was also hit by high winds and heavy rain.

But keeper Ben Foster was not too worried about the lack of practice on grass with the squad still recovering from their flight on Sunday evening - he, Joe Hart and Fraser Forster were able to train outdoors briefly.

Foster said: "It was always going to be kind of a light session anyway. The pitches actually drain pretty quick so it wasn't too much of a problem.

"It was mostly gym work. The lads have all got their personal programmes they are going to do anyway and that was basically it.

"A bit of a bike session, a bit of a gym session and the goalies went out and did their bit."

After Saturday's clash with Honduras, in the same stadium, the 23-man squad will fly to Brazil, where they will kick-off their World Cup campaign in the humid Amazonian city of Manaus.

And Foster feels being in similar conditions will be of benefit to England, as he added: "It's perfect. The main thing is the humidity as I don't think the temperatures will be a real problem.

"It's pretty identical to what we are going to face in Brazil so it's spot on."