World Cup Countdown: 8 Days to Go.
Hi from SunLife Stadium, where we are about 45 minutes from kickoff for England vs. Ecuador. It is raining. It is very gray. It is very England.
It is SO England that the main two press boxes are reserved for English media only..there are 88 of them traveling with the national team. So, Ecuador media and local scrubs like myself relegated to the auxiliary box.
I see more yellow shirts than white or red, but it's still early. Crowd of 20,000-25,000 expected. Midday-midweek hurt ticket sales, but done at this time for English TV.
Starting lineups just released:
ENGLAND: Ben Foster (GK), James Milner, Luke Shaw, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Frank Lampard (captain), Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlande-Chamberlain, Ross Barkley, Wayne Rooney, Rickie Lambert.
ECUADOR: Maximo Banguera (GK), Jorge Guagua, Frickson Erazo, Juan Carlos Paredes, Christian Noboa, Jefferson Montero, Walter Ayovi, Felipe Caicedo, Enner Valencia, Luis Antonio Valencia (captain), Carlos Gruezo