• Friday Jun 06, 2014

    Three Points: Honduras v England

    Honduras (pictured) celebrates after Roger Espinoza's goal against Israel in an international friendly on June 1, 2014, in Houston.

    In its final tune-up ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, CONCACAF qualifier Honduras will square off against England on Saturday at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

    Here are Three Points to consider in advance of the game:

    1) Strategic Scheduling
    Honduras and England will look to utilize Saturday’s matchup as a chance to familiarize themselves with opposition similar to what they’ll encounter in Brazil. For the Hondurans, who are set to face both France and Switzerland in Group E, England will provide an opportunity to gauge where they stand against top-notch European competition. England, on the other hand, will meet fellow CONCACAF qualifier Costa Rica in what could be a critical final group stage match on June 24 in Belo Horizonte.

    2) Moment of Brilliance
    Honduras may have dropped decisions to Turkey and Israel in World Cup warm-up matches, but despite not obtaining the desired results, it has shown flashes of brilliance – none more notable, perhaps, than Roger Espinoza’s thunderbolt strike against the Israelis on Sunday in Houston.

    Taking two touches to settle the ball 20-yards from frame, Espinoza curled a dipping left-footed effort just over the outstretched hands of Israeli keeper Ariel Harush, off the woodwork and into the back of the net for magnificent 47th minute equalizer.

    It was a superb goal from a player who will be heavily counted upon if the Hondurans are to make noise in Brazil.

    3) Familiar Faces
    Though this is their first meeting against Honduras, England players will see numerous familiar faces in a side that could feature as many as four, who ply their trade in the English leagues. While Maynor Figueroa (Hull City) may be the most identifiable name on the roster, Wilson Palacios (Stoke City), Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic) and Juan Carlos Garcia (Wigan Atletic) will also represent known commodities. Further adding to Honduras’ British contingent is Celtic left-back Emilio Izaguirre.

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