Group E

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Head the ball:  Swiss  player Xherdan Shaqiri in action during a training session  in Weggis, Switzerland, last month. Photograph: Peter Klaunzer / EPA

Manager: Ottmar Hitzfeld Best finish: Quarter-finals (1934, 1938 and 1954). World Cup record: Played 33, Won 11, Drawn 6, Lost 16 Histo(...)

Ecuadors  Segundo Castillo heads a ball during a training session at the Casa de la Seleccion (House of the National Team), in Quito, Ecuador. Photograph: José Jacome / EPA

Manager: Reinaldo Rueda Best finish: Second round (2006). World Cup record: Played 10, Won 4, Drawn 1, Lost 5. History Ecuador made(...)

Manager: Luis Fernando Suarez Best finish: Group stages (1982, 2010) World Cup record: P 9, W 0, D 3, L 6 History Quite a debut in (...)

France players (from left) Patrice Evra, Karim Benzema, Franck Ribery and Paul Pogba at Clairefontaine, near Paris, last month.  Photograph: Charles Platiau / Reuters

Manager: Didier Deschamps Best finish: Champions (1998) World Cup record: Played 59, Won 28, Drawn 12, Lost 19 History France have (...)

England’s Steven Gerrard (right) consoles teammate Raheem Sterling (left) after he was shown a red card against Ecuador  at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, USA. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire

England 2 Ecuador 2 Perhaps Roy Hodgson was correct and it was always a risk placing too much trust in a player of 19. Raheem Sterling is a pla(...)

 Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri celebrates after scoring in the 2-0  victory over  Peru at the Swissporarena stadium in Lucerne. Photograph: Peter Klaunzer

Switzerland left it late as they struggled to a 2-0 win over a defensive, experimental Peru in their final friendly before the World Cup in Brazil.Ri(...)

Mexico’s Luis Montes  celebrates scoring against Ecuador before he sustained a broken leg that will keep him out of the finals.  Photograph: Mike Stone/Reuters

Mexico beat Ecuador 3-1 in a friendly in Dallas on Saturday but the win was overshadowed by a broken leg for Luis Montes that has ruled the midfielde(...)

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