England and Ecuador fought to a 2-2 draw in Miami on Wednesday in a World Cup tuneup. And if nothing else, it proved the English are in for one hell of a ride in Brazil.
It’s not as though Ecuador is a poor team – there’s plenty of talent here, but England at times looked blown back defensively and unable to cover space Ecuador was all too happy to control. Both teams ended on 10 men, so it’s hard to take much away from the way it ended, but that goal up there is one.
To wit, check out that golazo from Michael Arroyo to make it 2-2. Jack Wilshere sort of lazily saunters up to the ball like he’s going to ask it on a date before it whizzes through his legs and into the upper corner. If England are deploying Wilshere and Milner together in the midfield, expect there to be openings. And lots of them.
The English are a bit like the Americans lately, in that nearly any eventuality seems like the most likely at any given time. Just spin the wheel and see where the dial lands, and are you surprised? No matter what happens, the answer has to be no. You’re not.