England v Honduras suspended due to electrical thunderstorm over Sun Life Stadium in Miami
England's World Cup finals preparations took a bizarre twist when their game in Miami against Honduras was halted for more than 45 minutes in the first half when the referee decided that a thunderstorm posed a serious risk to the safety of the players.
With 22 minutes and 18 seconds on the clock, the teams were brought off the pitch and supporters were told to move back to the safety of the concourse. Roy Hodgson was in agreement with the referee and beckoned his players off the pitch with thunder audible and grey clouds over the pitch.
An announcement on the stadium screen said that the game had been interrupted “due to inclement weather, with associated lightning”. The players came back onto the pitch at 5.51pm local time, more than an hour after the game had originally kicked off.
Hodgson said to ITV during the break that he agreed with the decision. “It's a surprise, not something we come across very often in Europe. I have encountered it in Europe and we can only accept and appreciate the referee's decision as he is concerned about the safety.
Latest in Sport
Karim Benzema to Arsenal: Real Madrid striker fuels speculation he will join Gunners with cryptic Instagram post
Memphis Depay scores amazing overhead kick from Wayne Rooney cross during Manchester United pre-season training
David De Gea to Real Madrid: Spanish club resume £28m pursuit after fending Manchester United off Sergio Ramos
Karim Benzema to Arsenal: Transfer news live - Angel Di Maria to leave Manchester United, Emmanuel Adebayor to Aston Villa
Manchester United forward Memphis Depay is not the strongest player in the squad as Luke Shaw and Ashely Young hail Tyler Blackett
- 1 Kate Winslet thanked 'particularly horrible' girl who bullied her at school after Titanic success
- 2 Australia to impose 24-hour curfew on all cats to protect endangered species
- 3 The difference between a psychopath and a sociopath
- 5 Walter Palmer: Cecil the lion killer revealed to be American dentist