Writer: Gavin John Day
Date:Sunday June 8 2014
Roy Hodgson's England were held to a 0-0 draw in their final World Cup warm-up game against Honduras last night...
England traveled to their World Cup base in Rio overnight frustrated by a stalemate with Honduras in Miami.
The Three Lions were looking for a positive result ahead of next weekend's tournament opener with Italy but were kept at bay by their physical Central American opponent.
The game was also delayed by around 40 minutes midway through the first half due to a violent electrical storm.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, who along with Anfield colleague Glen Johnson completed the full 90 minutes, missed arguably the best two chances of the game.
Shortly before the weather delay, the 24-year-old fired wide after an impressive attack involving Manchester United pair Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck.
Then, towards the end of the match, the former Chelsea man disappointingly headed over a pinpoint Johnson cross from close range.
Captain Steven Gerrard and midfield partner Jordan Henderson also started the contest before being substituted at half-time and on 83 minutes respectively.
New Reds signing Rickie Lambert was introduced for the final 11 minutes but youngster Jon Flanagan, who made his international debut in the recent meeting with Ecuador, was an unused substitute.
Raheem Sterling, who would have started had he been available, was suspended following a red card in Wednesday night's 2-2 draw.
Fortunately, unlike against the Ecuadorians and despite some bad tackles, all Roy Hodgson's players appeared to come through the game without injury.
Speaking to thepfa.com about their chances of advancing from a group that also includes Uruguay and Costa Rica, Gerrard believes England need to start the tournament well.
"Any of the teams are capable of getting out of that group if they play well on the day, but for us I think the key is going to be that first game against Italy," commented the 34-year-old.
"Every team at the World Cup is going to be looking at their first game and getting a positive result because the confidence and belief you get from that first result can carry you through.
"If we were to avoid defeat against Italy it would be a good result."
Brazil represents Gerrard's third World Cup and he could become England's most capped outfield player of all time during the tournament.
The midfielder currently has 110 Three Lions appearances to his name, just five shy of David Beckham who holds the record.
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Date:Sunday June 8 2014
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