Goalkeepers: Maximo Banguera (Barcelona SC), Alexander Dominguez (LDU Quito), Adrian Bone (El Nacional).
Defenders: Frickson Erazo (Flamengo), Jorge Guagua, Oscar Bagui, Gabriel Achilier (all Emelec), Walter Ayovi (Pachuca), Juan Carlos Paredes (Barcelona SC).
Midfielders: Segundo Castillo (Al-Hilal), Carlos Gruezo (Stuttgart), Renato Ibarra (Vitesse Arnhem), Cristian Noboa (Dynamo Moscow), Luis Saritama (Barcelona SC), Antonio Valencia (Manchester United), Edison Mendez (Independiente Santa Fe), Fidel Martinez (Tijuana), Michael Arroyo (Atlante).
Forwards: Felipe Caicedo (Al-Jazira), Jefferson Montero (Morelia), Joao Rojas (Cruz Azul), Jaime Ayovi (Tijuana), Enner Valencia (Pachuca).
15 June v Switzerland (Brasilia)
20 June v Honduras (Curitiba)
25 June v France (Rio de Janeiro)
The squad is mostly made up of players from the Ecuadorian league, so they have good team cohesion. The Ecuadorians are a tireless team that will fight until the last minute. Do not expect them to sit back, they attack with pace and power.
The defence has been stripped to the bare bones with injuries to players such as Jayro Campos and Eduardo Morante, leaving them vulnerable at the back.
Antonio Valencia, despite being out of form for Manchester United, is still looked up to as the team’s talisman and will heavily contribute to any success they have.
Ecuador could be in a scrap with Switzerland for second place in the group. But if they beat their Swiss counterparts to second, the prospect of facing Lionel Messi and co. could prevent them making it past the last 16.
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