England line up World Cup warm-ups

• Peru match to be played at Wembley
• USA declined friendly match in Miami

Roy Hodgson has lined up three Latin American opponents for England to take on as part of their preparations for this summer's World Cup in Brazil. Although no agreement has been finalised, the Football Association is in talks with Ecuador, Honduras and Peru about playing friendlies at the end of May and start of June.

The first match, planned to be against Peru, would be at Wembley with games against Ecuador and Honduras at England's pre-tournament base in Miami. The opponents have been selected as England will face two sides from the region – Uruguay and Costa Rica – in Group D.

Talks had taken place with US Soccer chiefs about playing Jürgen Klinsmann's side but it is understood the FA wanted to play the match in Miami while the United States wanted to hold the friendly nearer their own pre-World Cup base on the West Coast of the country.

Klinsmann has said he rejected Florida, where England will be based, as being too humid for a pre-tournament camp but that climate will be perfect preparation for Hodgson's men with their opening match deep in the Amazon jungle in the city of Manaus. That match against Italy takes place on 14 June with England heading to São Paulo and Belo Horizonte for their meetings with Uruguay and Costa Rica on 19 June and 24 respectively. © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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