‘We’re relieved there are no injuries’ – Gerrard slams ‘horrific’ Honduras challenges

The Liverpool skipper felt that the Central American outfit should have had more than just Brayan Beckeles sent off after a physical face-off in Miami

England captain Steven Gerrard believes that the Three Lions were fortunate to escape their friendly with Honduras with no injuries following a bruising encounter.
A number of the Central American players made some aggressive challenges, with Brayan Beckeles sent off for two bookable offences in the second period.

And Gerrard was particularly frustrated that Emilio Izaguirre wasn’t red carded for kicking the ball at a stricken Daniel Sturridge in the first half.

“I thought the refereeing was poor. They were doing stupid fouls, breaking up the play for no reason,” he told ITV.

“We’re frustrated but we’re relieved to come out unscathed. There were some horrific challenges going on out there.

“I don’t understand referees who see balls kicked into stomachs and not send them off. We’re relieved to come out of it with no injuries.

“A lot of the boys are frustrated but we’ve got a week to go to get ready.”

Gerrard was substituted at half-time in Miami to protect a slight groin strain, and he believes that the World Cup in Brazil will be much more about the squad given the extreme temperatures in South America.

“Everyone’s going to be important, the conditions out there mean it won’t be an 11-man tournament. These days we have better subs and a better squad.”

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