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Lighting strikes for England

As the England players set up for their final pre-world cup friendly against Honduras, preparations looked to be under way when the game was stopped for around 30 minutes due to storms. Play was later resumed and ended in a 0-0 draw.

England played their final pre World Cup friendly against Honduras last Saturday. England choose to play in the heat of Miami, to acclimatise to the weather in their preparation for Brazil.

The England team quickly found out the type of weather conditions they'd be facing as the game was brought to a 40 minute halt during the first half, due to thunder and heavy rain. 

There was a slight concern from fans and pundits alike that the England team may be unable to replay the game as most of their players weren't used to these kind of breaks as they are quite rare.

But both teams recovered from the break and the second half saw high intensity play from both sides. Honduras seemed quite lively during the game and put in a few "dodgy" challenges against some of the England players, which is why some believe Hodgson subbed Gerrard and Rooney, Baines also received his fair share of bad challenges as Beckeles(Honduras) was sent off after an aerial challenge.

Unlike the game against Ecuador where Hodgson was experimenting with his starting line-up, most fans believe that the line-up against Honduras would be the line up for the first World Cup game against Italy. Yet England only managed a 0-0 draw for the game.

Meanwhile the USA played Nigeria in Jacksonville (also in Florida), with no weather problems and they managed to win 2-1. It seems both teams had similar ideas playing in the hot and humid climate of Florida to prepare for their Brazil World Cup matches.

What do you think of Englands recent results, are they ready for the World Cup?

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