Ecuador's Antonio Valencia 'sorry' for red card against England in World Cup warm-up
Last Updated: 06/06/14 9:27am
Antonio Valencia: Ecuador captain has apologised for his red card
Antonio Valencia has apologised to his Ecuador team-mates, as well as coach Reinaldo Rueda, following his sending-off during Wednesday's friendly international against England in Miami.
The Manchester United winger was shown a red card after clashing with Raheem Sterling 11 minutes from the end of the match which ended 2-2.
Valencia grabbed the Liverpool player by the neck in retaliation to a bad tackle by the 19-year-old forward who went over the top of the ball.
He said: "I apologised to the team after the match and the coach.
"I am sorry for the fight with Sterling. When he tackled me I thought about Segundo Castillo.
"He nearly missed the World Cup because of injury and I feared I would too but thankfully I am OK."
Team-mate Castillo nearly missed out on Ecuador's World Cup squad because of a knee injury sustained against Mexico.