Ox the only England absentee

  • Last Updated: June 6 2014, 17:38 BST

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was the only absentee as England prepared for their final pre-World Cup friendly against Honduras.

Leighton Baines and Roy Hodgson during England training
Leighton Baines and Roy Hodgson during England training

The 20-year-old sustained medial ligament damage in his right knee after falling awkwardly following a clumsy challenge by Carlos Gruezo in Wednesday's 2-2 draw with Ecuador at Sun Life Stadium.

Roy Hodgson remains optimistic that Oxlade-Chamberlain will be fit for the World Cup, although it is understood he faces two to three weeks out with the strain.

The Arsenal midfielder trained alone inside Barry University's training base as he continues his rehabilitation, while the other 22 players, plus standby duo Jon Flanagan and John Stones, took to the field in sweltering conditions.

The mercury tipped 30 degrees Celsius in Miami Shore, where the humidity was 49 per cent - not far off the conditions expected in Manaus for the World Cup opener against Italy on June 14.

England's goalkeepers were first out to training and took to the field in compression tights, as if the conditions were not warm enough.

Approximately 60 cameraman and journalists joined a smattering of corporate guests pitchside, where the Football Association displayed a wreath in remembrance of the 70th anniversary of the D-day landings.