England manager Roy Hodgson says that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is recovering quickly from his knee ligament injury and will be available to play for The Three Lions in the World Cup.
Before heading to Miami International Airport for England’s overnight flight to Rio, Hodgson was interviewed where he said:
“Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is making good progress – I think he’ll make the tournament without a shadow of a doubt.”
Meanwhile, England and Honduras played the last of their pre-World Cup friendlies in a stormy Miami Saturday before both teams head to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup. A 30-minute storm delay, eight yellow cards and one red card made for a busy match for the referee, in a game that ended 0-0. An extremely physical game played by both sides gave a lot of opportunities for free kicks but neither team was able to score.
Danny Welbeck had a chance early on in the 4th minute with a shot at the edge of the box, but was blocked by Honduran goalie Noel Valladares. Honduran defender Victor Bernardez had a shot to score on a pass from a corner kick in the 7th minute but shot too hard and the ball sailed over the goal post.
After the storm delay in the 22nd minute, both teams returned to the field to heavy rain and the first yellow card was given to Luis Garrido. Honduras continued their attack on the goal and England defended well throughout the rest of the half.
The last 45 minutes was filled with high intensity, physical soccer and both sides saw some injury tending and six of the eight yellow cards were handed out in the second half. A groin shot, an elbow to the head and intentional shoving were some of the fouls exchanged between teams.
Ross Barkley, a second half sub for Wayne Rooney, had a good shot on goal around the 42nd minute but his shot was too wide for the goal. England had some good shots on goal but Valladares was in fine form blocking their shots behind an excellent Honduras defense.
England was looking for a win after their 2-2 draw with Ecuador earlier in the week. Similarly Honduras needed the win after losing both of their pre-World Cup friendlies. England has been drawn into Group D along with Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica and will face Italy first on June 16. Drawn into Group E with Switzerland, Ecuador and France Honduras will play France first on June 15.