New Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert struck a sublime goal and Jon Flanagan earned his first cap as England drew 2-2 with Ecuador in Miami tonight.


England fell behind on eight minutes, when a dangerous, swinging cross into the area from the left flank was powered into the corner by the strong head of Enner Valencia.

Lambert, who sealed a switch to the Reds from Southampton on Monday, was involved in the Three Lions' equaliser, which arrived after 28 minutes at the Sun Life Stadium.

A lofted centre from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fell to the striker, whose clever, unorthodox back-heel from close range bounced off the post and into the path of Wayne Rooney to equalise.

Six minutes into the second half, Lambert left a lasting impression on the match; collecting a pass in space on the right edge of the area, the 32-year-old drilled a fine finish successfully in the opposite direction.

Shortly after the hour mark, Roy Hodgson introduced Flanagan for his maiden appearance at senior international level, while Raheem Sterling also entered proceedings moments later.

England were pegged back in the 70th minute, though, when substitute Michael Arroyo unleased a blistering effort that flew into the top corner and brought Ecuador onto level terms.

Sterling was shown a red card 12 minutes before full-time for a sliding challenge on Antonio Valencia, although the dismissal has no impact on his participation at the World Cup.

Jordan Henderson featured for the final eight minutes of the evening, while club teammates Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson and Daniel Sturridge were not involved in the squad.

England are in action again on Saturday, as they face Honduras in their final match before the tournament in Brazil, which gets underway next Thursday.

In Amsterdam, meanwhile, Reds midfielder Joe Allen captained Wales and completed the full 90 minutes as his country were overturned 2-0 in their friendly against the Netherlands.