Author: Tony MacDonald
Published: 11:03 08/06/2014
England were held to a 0-0 draw by Honduras in Miami last night in their final warm-up game for the World Cup, which interrupted by an electrical storm.
It was thunder and lightning at Sunlife Stadium, but the bore-draw was less than electrifying to watch as constant fouling by Honduras and a delay of over 40 minutes mid-way through the first half resulted in a disjointed game without any rhythm.
Daniel Sturridge had the best of England's chances, but the Three Lions could not find a breakthrough and Roy Hodgson will be more relieved that none of his players picked up any injuries than concerned with the result in a very physical game. The England coach replaced Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney at half-time, perhaps as a protective measure with so many wild tackles flying in. Leighton Baines was in the wars as the left-back bore the brunt of many challenges made by the Hondurans, one of which led to defender Brayan Beckeles being sent off.
England's World Cup chances have been boosted by the news that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be fit to compete in Brazil having been a doubt following a knee-injury sustained in last week's 2-2 draw with Ecuador.
The bookies clearly don't expect the Three Lions to be much of a force in the competition with 28/1 the best price available on England in tournament outright betting for the World Cup. However a good result against Italy or Uruguay should be enough to see England qualify from Group D and their potential Second Round opponents are by no means unbeatable.