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Internationals Open Thread: Wayne Rooney Isn't Very Good at Football Edition

England are back in action with their second pre-World Cup friendly and a mostly changed lineup notable for its lack of Liverpool involvement outside of Rickie Lambert.

Richard Heathcote

Ecuador v. England
US TV: beIN Sports

Ecuador and England kickoff in Miami today, and Liverpool fans without a rooting interest in England lost one of their main reasons for tuning in with word that Roy Hodgson's plans to field an all changed side had given way to playing an all changed side bar Wayne Rooney. Concerned about Rooney's sharpness, Hodgson has chosen to sit Raheem Sterling to make room for England's supposed star on the left.

After Sterling looked England's liveliest player off the bench against Peru, it's a move that will leave many scratching their heads. Though perhaps with another poor showing even Hodgson will be able to see that Rooney should be nowhere near the starting eleven if England's to have any chance of success in Brazil. But he probably won't and Rooney will continue to be where attacking moves go to die when England kick off their World Cup against Italy.

On a more positive note for Liverpool fans, Rickie Lambert is expected to start up front in his first action since becoming a Liverpool player, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on his right and Ross Barkley in support. Jack Wilshere and Frank Lampard will start in place of Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson in midfield, while James Milner will play out of position in place of Glen Johnson at right back.

And if things go as poorly as that lineup suggests they might, a few Liverpool players might always make it on in the second half. Meanwhile, Joe Allen will captain Wales in their friendly against Netherlands, which kicks off thirty minutes ahead of Ecuador v. England at 7:30PM BST/2:30PM EST.

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