FOOTBALL NEWS

20/06/2011 12:06, Report by Steve Bartram

Valencia in Copa squad

Antonio Valencia has been named in Ecuador's 2011 Copa America squad.

The competition begins in Argentina on 1 July, and Valencia is the star name in coach Reinaldo Rueda's 23-man party.

Ecuador, who have never won the Copa America, have been handed a tough draw, alongside Brazil, Paraguay and Venezuela in Group B.

Valencia and his compatriots open their tournament against Paraguay on 3 July, then meet Venezuela on 9 July before rounding off the group stage against Brazil on 13 July.

The top two teams from three groups, plus the two third-placed finishers with the highest points total, all advance to the quarter-final stage.

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