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England Stutter In Front Of Goal

England stuttered in front of goal yet again as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Honduras in an international friendly at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida on Saturday.

England started positively and had their first attempt on goal in the fourth minute, but Danny Welbeck’s shot from 25-yards was superbly tipped over the bar by the Honduras goalkeeper.

Eight minutes later Steven Gerrard also tried his luck from long range, but his attempt skimmed the top side of the crossbar.

In the 14th minute Wayne Rooney tested the fingertips of the Honduras goalkeeper with a thunderous 30-yard free-kick, but Valladares was up to the task.

Daniel Sturridge should have scored in the 22nd minute when he made his way into the box after beating a couple of defenders, but he dragged his shot wide with the keeper at his mercy.

Two minutes later play was suspended for about 45 minutes due to inclement weather – thunder and lightning.

After the restart England were a little slow out of the blocks which allowed Honduras to have their first real effort on goal in the 25th minute when sloppy defending permitted Bengston with a free shot on goal, but his 12-yard effort was straight at Joe Hart.

Ten minutes later Chavez tried his luck from a 25-yard free-kick, but his dipping effort went just over Hart’s goal.

England had the last say of the half when Adam Lallana’s 24-yard effort was superbly tipped around the post by the keeper.

The half ended 0-0.

The start of the second half was flooded with substitutions which resulted in the game getting a little scrappy and both teams conceding a lot of fouls.

The first real effort on goal came in the 59th minute after Welbeck poked a goalmouth scramble inches wide from close range.

Three minutes later Honduras came close to breaking the deadlock when Bernardez flashed a 30-yard free-kick narrowly wide.

Honduras then suffered a bit of a set-back when they were reduced to ten men following a second yellow card for Beckeles.

After being reduced to ten men Honduras seemed content to sit back in defence and invite the pressure, and for all their efforts England could not break them down as the game ended all-square.


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