From the Back Pages, June 8: Lightning strike fails to charge up England in draw with Honduras

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It was an unorthodox way to head to the World Cup, featuring a tropical storm, a 43-minute delay and some unusually erratic finishing from Daniel Sturridge but, most importantly for Roy Hodgson, no more injuries. (The Guardian)

Steven Gerrard accused Honduras players of committing “horrific” tackles as tempers flared during England’s final pre-World Cup friendly in Miami, a match which was interrupted for 43 minutes by an electrical storm. (The Telegraph)

Gary Cahill is reflecting on the life of a centre-half at the elite level, a world where the margins are so fine, where the tiniest slip in concentration means that a goal can be conceded and a game can be lost. He considers the task that awaits him in six days’ time when he will line up against Italy and Mario Balotelli in Manaus. (The Independent)

WAYNE ROONEY believes he will finally deliver on the biggest stage of all – the World Cup finals in Brazil. (The Expres)

Argentina have risked punishment from Fifa after displaying a banner translating as “The Falklands are Argentine” before their friendly with Slovenia last night. (The Mirror)

Louis van Gaal wants Manchester United executive chairman Ed Woodward to sign German stars Mats Hummels, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Muller while he oversees Holland’s World Cup campaign. (Daily Mail)

New Zealand 20 England 15: The All Blacks won this, as everyone expected. But they did not win the way anyone had imagined. It took them 78 minutes to claim the decisive score. They struggled in a game which England might have won. Yes, this was a defeat for England, but it felt strangely like a minor victory. (The Times)