International Friendlies

England 0-0 Honduras

By Phil McNultyChief football writer in Miami
World Cup 2014: Roy Hodgson happy England leave Miami unscathed

England's final warm-up game before they flew to Brazil for the World Cup was disrupted by a dangerous lightning storm that forced the match to be halted as they were held to a draw by Honduras.

The game was stopped for over 40 minutes midway through the first half as bad weather hit the Miami area.

But, when play resumed, boss Roy Hodgson saw England last the pace well in fierce heat and humidity, although a feisty game against the physical Hondurans lacked any rhythm.

England should have won, with striker Daniel Sturridge missing England's two best chances, but ultimately Hodgson will have simply been delighted his players emerged unscathed from some rough treatment, which included Honduras defender Brayan Beckeles being sent off.

Captain Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney were given 45 minutes each, while Everton midfielder Ross Barkley once again looked lively as he tries to make an impression on Hodgson ahead of next Saturday's opening World Cup game against Italy in Manaus.

England left Miami for Rio de Janeiro after the game and can now enter the final phase of their planning for the World Cup, although the interruption for weather reduced the effectiveness of this exercise.

Hodgson made 10 changes from Wednesday's 2-2 draw against Ecuador and went with the side many believe will start against the Italians on 14 June - but the first half was wrecked by that weather interruption.

England should have been ahead when slick link play between Rooney and his Manchester United team-mate Danny Welbeck left Sturridge with only Honduras keeper Noel Valladares to beat. But the Liverpool striker dragged his shot wide.

England striker Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge, who scored 24 goals for Liverpool last season, wasted two glorious chances

And then, with dark clouds overhead and lightning flashing around the stadium, the players were taken off the field after 23 minutes by referee Ricardo Salazar.

Salazar said he made the decision because there were lightning strikes within two miles of the stadium. It is not uncommon in Miami and, after thunder and a torrential downpour, the players returned.

Upon resumption, Honduras - who are in World Cup Group E - decided to turn the game into a dogfight as a succession of wild tackles endangered England.

Gerrard was furious at a tackle from Luis Garrido that earned him a yellow card then Celtic defender Emilio Izaguirre was similarly punished for a wild tackle on Sturridge, which he followed up by lashing the ball into the Liverpool striker.

It was this in mind, perhaps, that Hodgson removed Gerrard and Rooney at half-time to introduce Barkley and Wilshere - with Everton's youngster immediately in the action with a 20-yard shot that curled just wide.

Left-back Leighton Baines, in particular, had taken some heavy punishment from Honduras and he was in the wars again after 65 minutes when he was caught by a dreadful aerial challenge from Beckeles, who had already been booked and was deservedly sent off.

Sturridge had been lively but wasted another good chance with 15 minutes to go when he headed over from right-back Glen Johnson's fine cross.

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Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1HartSubstituted forForsterat 75'minutes
  • 2Johnson
  • 5CahillBooked at 69mins
  • 6Jagielka
  • 3BainesBooked at 77mins
  • 4GerrardSubstituted forBarkleyat 45'minutes
  • 14HendersonSubstituted forLampardat 83'minutes
  • 20LallanaBooked at 61mins
  • 10RooneySubstituted forWilshereat 45'minutes
  • 11WelbeckSubstituted forLambertat 79'minutes
  • 9Sturridge


  • 7Wilshere
  • 8Lampard
  • 12Smalling
  • 13Foster
  • 16Jones
  • 17Milner
  • 18Lambert
  • 21Barkley
  • 22Forster
  • 23Shaw
  • 24Stones
  • 25Flanagan


Formation 4-4-2

  • 18Valladares
  • 21BeckelesBooked at 65mins
  • 5BernárdezBooked at 49mins
  • 3Figueroa
  • 7IzaguirreBooked at 31minsSubstituted forMartínezat 90+1'minutes
  • 23ChávezSubstituted forNajarat 61'minutes
  • 19GarridoBooked at 26minsSubstituted forClarosat 45'minutes
  • 8Palacios
  • 15EspinozaSubstituted forGarciaat 87'minutes
  • 11BengtsonSubstituted forPalaciosat 75'minutes
  • 13CostlySubstituted forDelgadoat 69'minutes


  • 1López
  • 2Chavez Guity
  • 4Montes
  • 6Garcia
  • 9Palacios
  • 10Martínez
  • 12Delgado
  • 14García
  • 16Martínez
  • 17Najar
  • 20Claros
  • 22Escober
Ricardo Salazar

Match Stats

Home TeamEnglandAway TeamHonduras
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, England 0, Honduras 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, England 0, Honduras 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Honduras. Mario Martínez tries a through ball, but Andy Najar is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ross Barkley (England) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Frank Lampard.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Maynor Figueroa (Honduras) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the centre of the goal.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Honduras. Mario Martínez replaces Emilio Izaguirre.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Emilio Izaguirre (Honduras) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Honduras. Juan Carlos García replaces Roger Espinoza.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Emilio Izaguirre (Honduras) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Edder Delgado.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, England. Frank Lampard replaces Jordan Henderson.

  11. Post update

    Daniel Sturridge (England) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Wilson Palacios (Honduras).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Henderson (England) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ross Barkley.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, England. Rickie Lambert replaces Danny Welbeck.

  15. Post update

    Phil Jagielka (England) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jerry Palacios (Honduras).

  17. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  18. Post update

    Delay in match Wilson Palacios (Honduras) because of an injury.

  19. Booking

    Leighton Baines (England) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Post update

    Ross Barkley (England) wins a free kick on the left wing.