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Gerrard aggrieved by physicality

SoccerNews in English Premier League 8 Jun 2014

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England captain Steven Gerrard voiced his disapproval over Honduras’ physical approach that saw them finish the match with 10 men.

Roy Hodgson’s England are FIFA World Cup-bound after playing out a disappointing scoreless draw against Honduras in a feisty game in Miami on Saturday.

England had to contend with a 45 minute delay after an electrical storm forced play to be suspended in the first half, as well as an overly physical Honduras outfit, who were reduced to 10 men just past the hour-mark when Bryan Beckeles saw red for an elbow on Leighton Baines.

Speaking to ITV post-game, Gerrard was clearly upset by the tactics adopted by the Hondurans: “I’m quite frustrated. I thought the ref was poor, the game was interrupted.

“There was a big one in the first half and they were doing stupid fouls. There was no rhythm, we’re frustrated but relieved at no injuries.

“I thought there were some horrific tackles for a friendly. I got caught with a bad one.”

Gerrard was particularly upset by a first-half incident involving team-mate Daniel Sturridge, who had a ball kicked into his chest by Honduras defender Emilio Izaguirre while he was on the ground.

Izaguirre escaped with a yellow card.

“I don’t understand refs seeing balls slammed into players’ chests…it’s a clear red card,” Gerrard said.

“But we came through with no injuries. We’re frustrated but we got a clean sheet and no injuries.”

England open their Group D campaign against four-time world champions Italy on June 15.

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