International

England prepare for Honduras

2014-06-06 11:33
Cape Town - England will cap off their preparations ahead of the World Cup with a friendly against Honduras at the Sun Life Stadium on Saturday.

The Three Lions have been working on certain combinations heading into next week's Group D opener against Italy, having started their warm-up schedule with a 3-0 win over Peru, before being held to a 2-2 draw against Ecuador on Wednesday.

Roy Hodgson's men will now play their final friendly before departing for Brazil, where they kick off the group stage against the Azzurri on Sunday 15 June, followed by matches against Uruguay and Costa Rica.

The manager will, however, be without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, whose World Cup campaign is in doubt after he suffered medial ligament damage in his knee during their midweek stalemate.

Raheem Sterling will also miss out after he was red carded following a rash challenge on Ecuador and Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia.

The Hondurans, meanwhile, are also gearing up for the South American showpiece, and will be desperate to earn some sort of positive result this week after losing their previous two international friendlies, going down 2-0 against Turkey and 4-2 against Israel.

Luis Fernando Suarez's men find themselves in Group E, where they open their tournament against titans France, followed by ties against Ecuador and then Switzerland.

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