England had to settle for a goalless draw against Honduras in their final warm-up game before the FIFA World Cup, failing to find the net in a match delayed for 43 minutes due to a tropical storm.
Playing in Miami, USA, where his side drew 2-2 with Ecuador on Wednesday, Roy Hodgson's men enjoyed the better chances but were unable to break down their fellow Brazil 2014 hopefuls. The players were forced off in the 23rd minute as thunder and lightning erupted overhead, and the interruption did not help the flow of the game as chances proved rare at either end – despite Honduras losing Brayan Beckeles to a second yellow card on 65 minutes.
Hodgson made ten changes to the lineup that faced Ecuador in midweek, with England enjoying their last run-out before tackling Group D rivals Italy in their World Cup opener on 14 June. That meant Daniel Sturridge starting up front and Wayne Rooney in a withdrawn role between Adam Lallana on the right and Danny Welbeck on the left, and it was Sturridge who spurned England's first real chance. Neat interplay between Rooney and Welbeck left the Liverpool FC forward clear on goal, but he sent his shot wide.
Ross Barkley's introduction at half-time gave the Three Lions added impetus and, after missing with a curled attempt, the Everton FC midfielder set up Sturridge, who attempted a chip when he perhaps ought to have opted for power. England's cause was also aided when Beckeles was sent from the fray, picking up his second yellow car for an aerial challenge on Leighton Baines, but Hodgson's men struggled to pounce on their numerical advantage.
Instead, their best opportunity of the second period fell to Sturridge with 15 minutes remaining, and again the 24-year-old failed to find the target. Right-back Glen Johnson sent in an inviting cross, but Sturridge was unable to trouble goalkeeper Noel Valladares.
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