England, Honduras draw physical WCup warm-up 0-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 7, 2014 at 7:07 pm •  Published: June 7, 2014
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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — England and Honduras drew 0-0 in a fiery and physical final World Cup warm-up match that saw Honduras defender Brayan Beckeles sent off at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday.

The weather was as wild as some of the action on the pitch in Miami Gardens, with the game halted midway through the first half for 45 minutes due to a lightning storm.

England struggled to create scoring chances even with a man advantage, and the pressure will grow for Ross Barkley to start in Brazil after the 20-year-old midfielder raised the tempo when he came on at half time.

"If you look at the chances we had the better, but we're quite frustrated," captain Steven Gerrard said. "The ref was poor, the game was interrupted, there was a big one in the first half and they were doing stupid fouls. There was no rhythm. We're frustrated but relieved at no injuries.

"There were some horrific tackles for a friendly. I got caught with a bad one."

Beckeles, who had been booked for a lunge on Danny Welbeck, was shown a second yellow card in the 66th minute after catching Leighton Baines' face with his elbow.

"The lesson is we can't play with 10, we need to be more careful," Honduras coach Luis Fernando Suarez said through a translator.

Honduras kicks off its World Cup campaign next Sunday against France, a day after England opens against Italy.

The hot and humid conditions were exactly what England came to Miami for, but not the storm that worsened during the opening 20 minutes.

Before the disruption, Wayne Rooney's free kick was spilled by Noel Valladares but no England player was primed to exploit the goalkeeper's shakiness. And, when Rooney set up Daniel Sturridge, the striker struck wide on the turn.

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