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World Cup warm-up: England v Honduras


Roy Hodgson will finalise his plans for the World Cup in tonight's match 
Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of tonight's World Cup warm-up match between England and Honduras at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami. I'm Jack de Menezes, and I'll be bringing you all the latest news and goals as they go in, as Roy Hodgson's side get their final run out before they begin their 2014 World Cup campaign next week.

  • Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of tonight's World Cup warm-up encounter between England and Honduras at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami.
    6/7/2014 7:25:36 PM
  • Hello and thanks for joining me for tonight's match between England and Honduras. We'll get our final look at Roy Hodgson's side tonight before the World Cup gets underway on Thursday, and we're yet to see a side click which means there are certainly places in the starting line-up up for grabs. We want to hear from you. You can do this by clicking the 'Make a Comment' button above. You can also take part in our poll on who should be England's starting midfield next week by clicking here.
    6/7/2014 7:41:27 PM
  • Steven Gerrard has spoken in the build-up to the game about how he finally feels trusted as England captain, unlike his reign under Fabio Capello:
    Steven Gerrard claims he is captaining England "for real" at the World Cup for the first time after insisting Roy Hodgson's predecessor Fabio Capello never believed in him as a leader.
    Read what else Gerrard had to say this week here.
    6/7/2014 7:44:20 PM
  • The England team is in and here's how they will start:
    England: Hart, Johnson, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines, Gerrard, Henderson, Welbeck, Rooney, Lallana, Sturridge
    6/7/2014 7:44:52 PM
  • How they line up:
    England: Hart, Johnson, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines, Gerrard (c), Henderson, Welbeck, Rooney, Lallana, Sturridge.
    Subs: Foster, Forster, Jones, Smalling, Shaw, Stones, Flanagan, Lampard, Henderson, Wilshere, Barkley, Lambert.
    Honduras: Valladres (c); Figueroa, Bernardez, Izaguirre, Beckeles; Chavez, Espinoza, Palacios; Bengtson, Costly, Garrido.
    Subs: Lopez, O. Chavez, Montes, J. Garcia, J. Palacios, M. Martinez, Delgado, B. Garcia, R. Martinez, Najar, Claros, Escober
    6/7/2014 8:03:29 PM
  • The general consideration is that the starting line-up for England tonight will be the one that barring any injuries will start next Saturday in Manaus. A few calls for the exciting and creative Sterling to start in place of Welbeck, but there's no doubt Hodgson favour the Manchester United forward having shown a preference to stick with him.
    6/7/2014 8:08:22 PM
  • Just two missing for England, as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain misses out through injury and Raheem Sterling is of course suspended for his sending-off in the draw with Ecuador on Wednesday. There is some good news though, as The Ox has arrived at the stadium without his knee brace on, and he will travel to Brazil with the team confident of a recovery.
    6/7/2014 8:20:50 PM
  • Appears Welbeck is the one people seem to disagree with. What if he scores a hat-trick tonight?

    6/7/2014 8:24:47 PM

  • Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sterling arrive at the Sun Life Stadium ready to watch England v Honduras 


    6/7/2014 8:27:51 PM
  • Just 15 minutes until kick-off. Are we expecting a landslide win? Realistically, yes we should be, but give Honduras some respect, they're in the World Cup on merit, and we all know what an England under expectation tends to do...
    6/7/2014 8:30:51 PM
  • A few last minute thoughts...

    6/7/2014 8:34:18 PM
  • Roy Hodgson gives his biggest hint yet that Raheem Sterling will start against Italy next week, as he admits the Liverpool midfielder would've played tonight had he been available. No shock, but you expect that it would be at Welbeck's expense.
    6/7/2014 8:35:18 PM
  • Don't forget to vote! We'll leave the poll up until kick-off, and currently it's a tie between a midfield three of Gerrard, Lampard and Wilshere and Gerrard, Henderson and Lallana with 23% each. Just 10 minutes to go.
    6/7/2014 8:36:51 PM

  • Come on now @HLTCO, Roy's been taking precautions 



    6/7/2014 8:39:42 PM
  • Here come the players and it's time for the national anthems...
    6/7/2014 8:39:56 PM
  • A lot of Honduras supporters in the stands tonight, but at least the upper tier is open tonight unlike Wednesday. Still, the Sun Life Stadium is far from full. Anthems done with with a burst of fireworks, and we're nearly ready to go.
    6/7/2014 8:42:43 PM
  • 6/7/2014 8:42:52 PM
  • So it seems Gerrard, Henderson and Lallana get your vote, meaning today's combination is the one you want to see in Manaus next Saturday. But enough about next week, it's all about tonight!
    6/7/2014 8:43:57 PM
  • 1 mins: Here we go. Honduras get the game underway.
    6/7/2014 8:45:24 PM
  • 1 mins: England start quickly as Lallana presses with force to win the ball. A few nice flicks and turns ends with the ball being delivered by Sturridge from the right, but is safely cleared.
    6/7/2014 8:46:29 PM
  • 3 mins: Rooney finds space out right and tries to swing a cross in towards Sturridge, but Honduras have set up in a rather defensive 4-4-2 formation and the centre-backs have been solid so far.
    6/7/2014 8:49:09 PM
  • 4 mins: A first chance for England as Welbeck has a powerful effort from long range parried by goalkeeper Valladres. He eventually gathers the ball at the second attempt, and Welbeck just limps away after catching stray boot.
    6/7/2014 8:50:17 PM
  • 6 mins: Johnson gets caught in two minds and concedes a needless corner. A chance for Honduras here...
    6/7/2014 8:51:13 PM
  • 7 mins: Costly's delivery is headed long by Cahill, and the ball falls to Beckeles at the back post, but his rash effort blazes over the bar. Still, not great defending from England at a set-piece.
    6/7/2014 8:53:09 PM
  • 9 mins: Honduras have settled well, and England are going through a long spell without the ball here. Izaguirre is looking to get at Johnson down the England right-hand side, and the Liverpool man hasn't started too brightly.
    6/7/2014 8:55:00 PM
  • 10 mins: Gerrard's low ball into the box finds the feet of Welbeck, but the forward can't decide whether to shoot or find Sturridge and he's unable to get the ball out of his feet before the defence clear.
    6/7/2014 8:56:20 PM
  • 11 mins: Gerrard spins away from Palacios and despie briefly losing the ball, manages to get a shot away. It's high, high, high and it's out of here! Seems all this football in America is getting to me, but needless to say his effort isn't anywhere near goal.
    6/7/2014 8:57:59 PM
  • 13 mins: England win a free-kick around 35m out. Rooney, Baines and Gerrard are all standing over it, and it's Rooney who goes for it. His curling effort is again parried by Valladares, but England can't capitalise as Sturridge is flagged for offside.
    6/7/2014 8:59:22 PM
  • 16 mins: Honduras on the ball again, but there's a better sense of security about the England defence today compared to that of Wednesday's shambolic showing.
    6/7/2014 9:01:27 PM
  • 17 mins: Lallana does well to win the ball from Figueroa, and his delivery can't be flicked in as both Welbeck and Rooney have a go. As the ball is cleared, a crack of thunder roars over the stadium, much to the fans amusement/fear.
    6/7/2014 9:03:53 PM
  • 19 mins: Another free-kick for England, this time to the right, but Gerrard's delivery has too much curl on it which bends the ball away from the England players in the box.
    6/7/2014 9:04:43 PM

  • We haven't scored yet, David 


    6/7/2014 9:08:06 PM
  • 22 mins: Izaguirre gives the ball away in midfield and England are off. Welbeck finds Sturridge on the left unmarked, and the Liverpool ace has the goal at his mercy. But somehow, he misses!
    6/7/2014 9:08:24 PM
  • 23 mins: GAME SUSPENDED!
    6/7/2014 9:08:36 PM
  • 23 mins: This is incredible. Remember that thunder I mentioned? Even though there isn't any rain, the referee Ricardo Salazar has called the game to a halt and we're informed that there'll be a 30 minute break! I don't think I've ever seen this before.
    6/7/2014 9:10:02 PM
  • England manager Roy Hodgson: “It’s a surprise,” he admitted. “It’s not something we come
    across very often in Europe.
    I’ve come across it here in Florida before on golf
    courses and they’re very keen for you not to carry on. 
    We can only accept and appreciate the referees decision because he is concerned about the players safety.”

    6/7/2014 9:30:11 PM

  • A view of the Sun Life Stadium shortly before the storm 


    6/7/2014 9:32:00 PM
  • The heavens have now opened sending the fans sprawling for cover. Even the media have been asked to leave their posts, including our very own Sam Wallace.

    6/7/2014 9:34:02 PM
  • Anyone for tea?

    6/7/2014 9:38:16 PM
  • The stands have completely emptied, but an outside view appears to show that the rain has eased up a tad and we could have a resumption in the not too distant future. 
    6/7/2014 9:41:15 PM
  • Banter and Lightning

    6/7/2014 9:42:26 PM
  • UPDATE: The match will resume in 10 minutes! Hurrah!
    6/7/2014 9:42:54 PM
  • Here come the players! Deja vu? A number of England members are going through a small warm-up, and the ball appears to be having no problems in rolling across the surface despite the downpour.
    6/7/2014 9:45:33 PM

  • The tunnel at the Sun Life Stadium begins to flood 


    6/7/2014 9:49:06 PM
  • Credit Roy Hodgson, as he emerges from the tunnel still in his shorts and polo shirt. You can take a Brit abroad...
    6/7/2014 9:49:48 PM
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