Coached by the Colombian Luis Fernando Suarez, the man who took Ecuador to the last 16 at the 2006 World Cup, Honduras (currently ranked 30th in the world) do have a manager who has experience at a World Cup. He was appointed manager of the Central American nation in 2011 and in truth qualified for the World Cup comfortably with USA and Costa Rica from the North American qualifying section. They finished ahead of Mexico who qualified via a playoff match. Below is the final table for qualifying.
Final Qualifying Table. Source: Wikipedia
With the exception of 20-year-old goalkeeper Luis Lopez, Honduras have a squad of players that have all achieved double figures in terms of caps. Below is the squad that has been selected to represent Honduras at the World Cup.
|1||GK||Luis López||(1993-09-13)13 September 1993 (20)||0||Real España|
|2||DF||Osman Chávez||(1984-07-29)29 July 1984 (29)||54||Qingdao Jonoon|
|3||DF||Maynor Figueroa||(1983-05-02)2 May 1983 (31)||104||Hull City|
|4||DF||Juan Pablo Montes||(1985-10-26)26 October 1985 (28)||11||Motagua|
|5||DF||Víctor Bernárdez||(1982-05-24)24 May 1982 (32)||77||San Jose Earthquakes|
|6||DF||Juan Carlos García||(1988-03-08)8 March 1988 (26)||33||Wigan Athletic|
|7||DF||Emilio Izaguirre||(1986-05-10)10 May 1986 (28)||67||Celtic|
|8||MF||Wilson Palacios||(1984-07-29)29 July 1984 (29)||94||Stoke City|
|9||FW||Jerry Palacios||(1981-11-01)1 November 1981 (32)||23||Alajuelense|
|10||MF||Mario Martínez||(1989-07-30)30 July 1989 (24)||35||Real España|
|11||FW||Jerry Bengtson||(1987-04-08)8 April 1987 (27)||43||New England Revolution|
|12||MF||Edder Delgado||(1986-11-20)November 20, 1986 (27)||25||Real España|
|13||FW||Carlo Costly||(1982-07-18)18 July 1982 (31)||69||Real España|
|14||MF||Óscar García||(1984-09-04)4 September 1984 (29)||92||Houston Dynamo|
|15||MF||Roger Espinoza||(1986-10-25)25 October 1986 (27)||41||Wigan Athletic|
|16||FW||Rony Martínez||(1988-10-16)16 October 1988 (25)||12||Real Sociedad|
|17||MF||Marvin Chávez||(1983-11-03)3 November 1983 (30)||41||Chivas USA|
|18||GK||Noel Valladares (c)||(1977-05-03)3 May 1977 (37)||121||Olimpia|
|19||MF||Luis Garrido||(1990-11-05)5 November 1990 (23)||19||Olimpia|
|20||MF||Jorge Claros||(1986-01-08)8 January 1986 (28)||48||Motagua|
|21||MF||Andy Najar||(1993-03-16)16 March 1993 (21)||16||Anderlecht|
|22||GK||Donis Escober||(1980-02-03)3 February 1980 (34)||26||Olimpia|
|23||DF||Brayan Beckeles||(1985-11-28)28 November 1985 (aged 28)||22||Olimpia|
Squad List. Source: Wikipedia.
The squad does possess some familiar names. English based quartet of Maynor Figueroa, Roger Espinoza, Juan Carlos Garcia and Wilson Palacios. Celtic man Emilio Izaguirre are among the names we know. Wilson Palacios is the heartbeat of the team, his tough tackling and driven personality give Honduras some character and bite in the midfield area but this team does have a lot of flair in attack. They shouldn’t be pushovers for sure.
Honduras were drawn into Group E alongside France, Switzerland and the managers old employers Ecuador. They go into that group as the 4th best side, but they do know that on their day they could get results against Ecuador and Switzerland. Ecuador have a lot of pace and power in their ranks, we saw that when they got a 2-2 draw with England. The Swiss are known in tournament football to be good at defending, they don’t concede many but in truth they don’t score many. France despite losing Ribery to injury are the strongest outfit in Group E.
So, what can England expect from Honduras when the sides meet in Miami? A technically sound side with midfield presence assuming the Hondurans pick their strongest eleven. England however will be strong favourites.