England will continue their World Cup preparations with a friendly match against Honduras on Saturday in Miami.
A 2-2 draw against Ecuador saw both teams end the match with just 10 players on the pitch, so perhaps "friendly" isn't the right word. With less than a week to go before the start of the tournament, every single team in taking these final fixtures very seriously.
Honduras have lost consecutive friendlies and could use a strong result against the Three Lions to boost morale heading into Brazil, so England will have to be at their best to ensure the squad end their preparations perform in the best possible way.
Date: Saturday, June 7
Time: 9.45 p.m. BST/4:45 p.m. ET
Venue: Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida
TV info and live stream: The match will be broadcast on ITV (UK viewers) and beIN Sports 1 (US viewers), with mobile coverage available via the ITV Player and beIN Sports Play (subscription required).
England's 2-2 draw against Ecuador was an entertaining affair, and one that will leave Roy Hodgson with a number of questions and only a handful of answers.
His young and inexperienced side were too easily undone for Enner Valencia's opening goal and took too long to recover from the initial shock, something the team can't afford to do in Brazil.
Ross Barkley and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain impressed with their attacking intentions, but the latter suffered an injury that forced him to leave the pitch. At the time of writing, his World Cup hopes are still in the balance, via BBC's Dan Roan:
FA should know by this evening if Oxlade-Chamberlain's World Cup is over after scan on knee injury sustained yesterday.— Dan Roan (@danroan) June 5, 2014
The former meanwhile put together a strong outing, but as reported by Goal.com's Tom Maston, his manager perhaps wasn't as impressed as some of the fans were, as he told reporters after the match:
There always seems to be an enormous obsession with one player.
I will be prepared to start any of the players in any game but I'm not prepared to address your obsession with Ross Barkley.
If he's going to be the player we want him to be, he has to make better decisions when he turns with the ball.
The Times' Tony Barrett was very surprised by those remarks from Hodgson:
Thought Ross Barkley was excellent last night. Surprised Hodgson took him to task publicly for apparently "losing the ball an awful lot."— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) June 5, 2014
England attacked with a fresh, open style against Ecuador and could have scored more than two goals, but defensively, things were less rosy.
The South Americans created a number of good chances and were able to put pressure on a back line that seemed overwhelmed at times. While Ecuador is a good team, World Cup opponents Italy and Uruguay are a step above in class.
The Azzurri in particular won't give away as many chances as Ecuador did on Wednesday, while Uruguay have the offensive firepower to do more with the chances the Three Lions gave away.
Honduras are seen as one of the weaker teams travelling to Brazil, and their recent losses against Israel (4-2) and Turkey (2-0) seem to support that vision of the team. Their 2-2 draw against Ecuador in Houston and a win over Mexico at the Azteca last year indicates they shouldn't be taken lightly, however.
Jerry Bengston and Carlo Costly are two strong options to lead the front line for Los Catrachos, and their movement skills aren't too dissimilar from what the Three Lions saw against Ecuador.
The 4-2 loss against Israel looks painful on paper, but manager Luis Fernando Suarez fielded a number of players who shouldn't make the team's starting XI in Brazil during that match.
England will be Honduras' final preparation fixture, and it will be the first time anyone gets to see the latter in World Cup mode.
But the Three Lions still hold a significant edge in terms of talent, and feeding off a highly emotional match against Ecuador, the team should be ready to pounce on a struggling Honduras side.
Momentum can make or break a team's tournament, and Saturday's match will give England the perfect opportunity to put momentum firmly on their side.