England's Gary Cahill (C) heads the ball with help from teammate Phil Jagielka away from Honduras' Carlo Costly during an international friendly soccer match ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Miami, June 7, 2014. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
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England were subjected to some rough treatment by Honduras, who finished with 10 men, and Hodgson was just pleased to escape without any more injuries.The forward was the only England player to start both games as he regains match fitness after a groin injury toward the end of last season, but he failed to stamp his authority on the team.Another problem for Hodgson is the form of Liverpool rightback Glen Johnson who has been caught out of position several times in recent matches for club and country.The major plus point from the Miami games was the form of exciting youngster Ross Barkley who sparkled off the bench with his direct running at defenses, especially in the second game when he replaced Rooney at halftime.Hodgson was at pains to play down the midfielder's sparkling contribution but the 20-year-old is certain to play a key role as what the England boss calls an "impact" player at the finals.
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