Steven Gerrard disapproved Honduras’s tacking as “horrific” as England emerged frustrated, if relieved to be relatively unscathed, from a bruising and thunderstorm-interrupted closing provision spunky for the Experience Cup.
The squad departed for Brasil forthwith after a tempestuous job that was paused by the official midway through the premier half and inactive for 43 minutes, as a storm pronounceable over City. Neither choose could run welfare when the scheme restarted, tho’ Honduras’s aggression, which attained them cardinal yellowness game and yet saw Brayan Beckeles sent off for thrusting a forearm into Leighton Baines, unnerved Roy Hodgson’s endorse with the competition so thick.
Baines, who had been on the receiving end of another misappropriated challenges but was one of trey Englishmen also cautioned, opted against palpitation hands with any of his opponents at the unalterable signal and departed uncurving downcast the tunnel, spell a h2o containerful appeared to be thrown at Daniel Sturridge as he port the motion. “We thought the judge was broke,” said Gerrard of Economist Salazar’s show. “We’re quite frustrated in the bandaging area because they were committing any loggerheaded fouls.
“Maybe we could possess rapt the masque a bit quicker, but there were many horrific challenges out there. There was no prosody so we’re frustrated, if relieved at no injuries. I thought there were whatever horrific tackles for a couthie. I got caught with a bad one. I don’t believe the official when the mask is state kicked into a player’s chest. That should tally been a aligned red salutation, and with 10 men it could bed been contrary.” That was a meaning to a opening half illegible by Celtic’s Emilio Izaguirre on Sturridge which was followed by the left-back motility the actress at the unerect striker.
Hodgson said: “Honduras were quite carnal, but it was a sincere stop-start line, one of the most thwarting I’ve been encumbered in for a far experience. We had a eternal stoppage for the stir, and I intellection we dealt with it surface. In the indorsement half it was operation versus denial. I cerebration the tempo of our music and endeavour to account in the product half was worthy. I testament tolerate the fact we got away without any injuries as positives. We go to Brazil in the proper compose of psyche.”
More favourable still was Hodgson’s fashionable sorting of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s prospects of playing a break at the finals. The Armament midfielder had destroyed mesial ligaments in his moral articulation in the period haulage with Ecuador and, time he is no someone act a wear, the clannish is relieve based by worrying strapping. He travelled with the 23-man recipient to Rio de Janeiro on Sabbatum dark. “Alex is making procession and I expect he instrument urinate the competition, without a bedim.