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Road to World Cup: England vs Honduras friendly

Road to World Cup: England vs Honduras friendly

Posted by Liliana Castaño on June 06, 2014

Both nations are heading to Brazil this summer and will want to travel south from Florida with momentum building behind their quest for global glory.

England hit a bump in the road at the Sun Life Stadium on Wednesday, with an eventful contest against Ecuador posing a number of questions which head coach Roy Hodgson must endeavour to answer.

A 2-2 draw was not the kind of result Hodgson was hoping for, even with a much-altered side, and an untimely injury to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and a red card for Raheem Sterling will have only served to add to the sense of frustration.

Arsenal midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain is now sweating on his involvement at the World Cup finals, with a knee problem set to keep him sidelined for up to three weeks.

Sterling's dismissal will not affect his involvement heading forward, but he will be denied another opportunity to prove his worth ahead of an opening contest with Italy on June 14.

With that game in the sweltering Amazon conditions of Manaus now just a week away, Hodgson knows he must settle on a preferred starting XI and a tactical approach which will serve England well among world football's elite.

Taking one last look at his troops on Saturday should help to bring the final pieces of that jigsaw together, with it important to get game time for intended starters while also offering opportunities for those on the fringes of the fold to stake a claim for a more prominent role.

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