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.

 United States 10 7 1 2 15 8 +7 22
 Costa Rica 10 5 3 2 13 7 +6 18
 Honduras 10 4 3 3 13 12 +1 15
 Mexico 10 2 5 3 7 9 −2 11
 Panama 10 1 5 4 10 14 −4 8
 Jamaica 10 0 5 5 5 13 −8 5

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 Honduras Real España
2 DF Osman Chávez (1984-07-29)29 July 1984 (29) 54 China Qingdao Jonoon
3 DF Maynor Figueroa (1983-05-02)2 May 1983 (31) 104 England Hull City
4 DF Juan Pablo Montes (1985-10-26)26 October 1985 (28) 11 Honduras Motagua
5 DF Víctor Bernárdez (1982-05-24)24 May 1982 (32) 77 United States San Jose Earthquakes
6 DF Juan Carlos García (1988-03-08)8 March 1988 (26) 33 England Wigan Athletic
7 DF Emilio Izaguirre (1986-05-10)10 May 1986 (28) 67 Scotland Celtic
8 MF Wilson Palacios (1984-07-29)29 July 1984 (29) 94 England Stoke City
9 FW Jerry Palacios (1981-11-01)1 November 1981 (32) 23 Costa Rica Alajuelense
10 MF Mario Martínez (1989-07-30)30 July 1989 (24) 35 Honduras Real España
11 FW Jerry Bengtson (1987-04-08)8 April 1987 (27) 43 United States New England Revolution
12 MF Edder Delgado (1986-11-20)November 20, 1986 (27) 25 Honduras Real España
13 FW Carlo Costly (1982-07-18)18 July 1982 (31) 69 Honduras Real España
14 MF Óscar García (1984-09-04)4 September 1984 (29) 92 United States Houston Dynamo
15 MF Roger Espinoza (1986-10-25)25 October 1986 (27) 41 England Wigan Athletic
16 FW Rony Martínez (1988-10-16)16 October 1988 (25) 12 Honduras Real Sociedad
17 MF Marvin Chávez (1983-11-03)3 November 1983 (30) 41 United States Chivas USA
18 GK Noel Valladares (c) (1977-05-03)3 May 1977 (37) 121 Honduras Olimpia
19 MF Luis Garrido (1990-11-05)5 November 1990 (23) 19 Honduras Olimpia
20 MF Jorge Claros (1986-01-08)8 January 1986 (28) 48 Honduras Motagua
21 MF Andy Najar (1993-03-16)16 March 1993 (21) 16 Belgium Anderlecht
22 GK Donis Escober (1980-02-03)3 February 1980 (34) 26 Honduras Olimpia
23 DF Brayan Beckeles (1985-11-28)28 November 1985 (aged 28) 22 Honduras 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.