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  • June 7, 2014
  • • 21:45
  • • Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
  • Referee: R. Salazar
  • • Attendance: 45379
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Draw 4.33 4.50 4.50 8.75 4.50
Honduras 10.00 9.50 9.00 4.50 9.00
England - Honduras Preview: Hodgson's squad aim for final chance to impress

England - Honduras Preview: Hodgson's squad aim for final chance to impress

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With just seven days until their opening World Cup match against Italy, the Three Lions players have 90 minutes left to stake their claims for a starting berth in Manaus

If Roy Hodgson's post-Ecuador comments are anything to go by, Ross Barkley still has some convincing to do when England take on Honduras.

England were held to a 2-2 draw against Ecuador in Miami on Wednesday, with Wayne Rooney and Rickie Lambert finding the net for Hodgson's men.

"I'm not prepared to address your [the media's] obsession with Ross Barkley," England boss Hodgson told reporters after the match.

"He lost the ball an awful lot of times as well. If he's going to be the player we want him to be, he has to make better decisions of when he turns with the ball.

"That's not a criticism, but there were other performances out there who merited your 'obsession' more than Ross Barkley's.

"[Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain and Phil Jones were outstanding, Jack Wilshere in the middle of the park and Rickie Lambert scored a magnificent goal."

There is, of course, no guarantee that Barkley will be given the chance to impress on Saturday in the side's final friendly before the World Cup, with Hodgson likely to field a stronger team against Honduras, having handed opportunities to fringe players on Wednesday.

Hodgson will be without the services of Oxlade-Chamberlain after he was diagnosed with medial ligament damage on Thursday, while Raheem Sterling is suspended after being sent off for a reckless challenge on Ecuador's Antonio Valencia.

And Hodgson will be keen to see his players avoid floundering once again at the home of the Miami Dolphins, with their World Cup curtain-raiser against Italy to follow just a week later.

But Honduras will be equally eager to pick up a win before the tournament starts, having registered just one victory in their last six matches.

The Central American nation will face France, Switzerland and Ecuador in Brazil, but as the lowest ranked team of Group E, they know they will need to be at the very top of their game to stand any chance of making it to the knockout stages for the first time in their history.

England climbed back into the top 10 of the Fifa world rankings on Thursday - Honduras are 33rd - but that will count for little if Hodgson's men are unable to hit their stride heading into the World Cup.

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Available Squads
1Joe HartGoalkeeper
5Gary CahillDefender
2Glen JohnsonDefender
12Leighton BainesDefender
18Phil JagielkaDefender
-Adam LallanaMidfielder
8Jordan HendersonMidfielder
4Steven GerrardMidfielder
9Daniel SturridgeStriker
22Danny WelbeckStriker
10Wayne RooneyStriker
12Ben FosterGoalkeeper
-Fraser ForsterGoalkeeper
-Chris SmallingDefender
-Luke ShawDefender
14Phil JonesDefender
-Jon FlanaganDefender
-John StonesDefender
8Frank LampardMidfielder
16James MilnerMidfielder
-Ross BarkleyMidfielder
32Jack WilshereMidfielder
-Rickie LambertStriker
1N. ValladaresGoalkeeper
2Brayan Antonio BeckelesDefender
7E. IzaguirreDefender
3Maynor FigueroaDefender
5V. BernárdezDefender
-Luis GarridoStriker
-Marvin ChávezDefender
-R. EspinozaMidfielder
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13C. CostlyStriker
-J. BengtsonStriker
22Donis Salatiel EscoberGoalkeeper
-L. LopezGoalkeeper
6Juan Carlos GarcíaDefender
-Juan Pablo MontesDefender
-O. ChávezDefender
14A. NajarMidfielder
14B. GarcíaDefender
23E. DelgadoMidfielder
-J. ClarosMidfielder
-Mario MartínezMidfielder
-Jerry PalaciosStriker
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