Dean Mouhtaropoulos

World Cup 2014 friendlies: Netherlands cruise while Italy, England disappoint

Italy and England both look like a serious work in progress ahead of the World Cup, while The Netherlands are in surprisingly good form.

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England tied Ecuador in eventful friendly

Roy Hodgson's unusual England lineup looked exciting going forward, but they were a shambles at the back. Michael Arroyo equalised after the Three Lions had fought back from a goal behind, while Raheem Sterling and Antonio Valencia were both sent off.

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Italy held by Luxembourg

Italy failed to impress in their final pre-World Cup friendly, as they were held 1-1 at home to Luxembourg.

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Netherlands cruise again, but van Persie hurt

Has Louis van Gaal figured out what to do with the Netherlands defense? They posted another clean sheet on Wednesday.

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Hodgson names experimental lineup vs. Ecuador

England boss Roy Hodgson has picked an experimental lineup to face Ecuador, with Ross Barkley starting in the hole, James MIlner at right-back, and Wayne Rooney on the left wing.

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Ivory Coast set to name strong team vs El Salvador

Ivory Coast look set to start some of their biggest names in Wednesday's friendly against El Salvador.

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Chile face Northern Ireland in Valparaíso

Chile face a young Northern Ireland side in their final friendly before the World Cup begins next week.

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Argentina welcome T&T to El Monumental

La Albiceleste begin their World Cup preparations with a friendly against CONCACAF side Trinidad and Tobago.

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Netherlands host Wales on Wednesday

The Netherlands continue their World Cup preparations in a friendly against Wales on Wednesday.

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Italy host minnows Luxembourg on Wednesday

Italy will hope their friendly against Luxembourg on Wednesday goes better than their friendly last week against Ireland.

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England face Ecuador on Wednesday in Miami

England play their penultimate pre-World Cup friendly against fellow qualifiers Ecuador on Wednesday.

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