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Referee Ricardo Salazar ordered the players from the pitch and chose to call for a 30-minute break in a bid to let the dark clouds pass over the Sun Life Stadium.

The threat of a lightning storm held up England's final pre-World Cup friendly against Honduras after just 23 minutes in Miami.
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Referee Ricardo Salazar ordered both sides from the pitch as dark clouds filled the skies around the Sun Life Stadium, with claps of thunder and flashes of lightning worrying the officials enough to call for a 30-minute break.

"We will assess the situation then [at the end of 30 minutes], if we have to delay it further we will do so," he told ITV.

"It's all for the safety of the players. It's a minimum of 30-minute delay. I just took a look at the radar and it's getting worse. We'll assess the situation at 30 minutes."

The Three Lions enjoyed the better of the play against the Central American outfit, with Danny Welbeck forcing an early save from goalkeeper Noel Valladares before Daniel Sturridge fired wide when well placed just before referee Ricardo Salazar took the players from the pitch.

Roy Hodgson had reverted to the side that beat Peru, with a number of players hoping to take the chance to impress ahead of his side's opening World Cup encounter against Italy.

And though he admitted it was a situation that he had never found himself in before, he felt his side had performed well in the limited time they had on the pitch.

"It's a surprise, and not something we come across often. They're very anxious you don't continue when there's a storm," he told ITV.

"We can only appreciate the referee's decision and wait out the 30 minutes and see what he decides."

"The lads were enjoying it out there. We're still hopeful the game will start again and we'll kick on from where we left off.

"If we don't then at least we'll get no injuries. We were controlling the game and had a couple of good chances.

"Neither team is going for each other hell for leather, but it's understandable as we're just one week away [from the World Cup].


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