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World Cup 2014: England Arrive In Miami Ahead Of Friendlies (PICTURES)

02/06/2014 08:52 BST | Updated 02/06/2014 08:59 BST

England arrived touched down in the sweltering heat of Miami on Monday morning to begin the next phase of their World Cup preparations.

Roy Hodgson and his squad arrived at Fort Lauderdale airport, 30 miles north of Miami, just before 8pm local time on Sunday (1am Monday morning BST) before taking a 30-minute coach drive into the city.

They then checked in to the Mandarin Oriental hotel in the Brickell Key area of the Florida city.

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England manager Roy Hodgson said the nine-hour journey over the Atlantic Ocean was "very good" when asked by the assembled media at the hotel.

Around a dozen reporters and cameramen had gathered to greet the 23-strong squad as they stepped off their coach.

The 23-man party, along with standby players John Stones and Jon Flanagan, will begin their preparations for Wednesday's friendly against Ecuador with a training session at Barry University on Monday.