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8 June 2014

Roger Espinoza and Juan Carlos Garcia feature against England as James McClean represents Republic of Ireland.

Three Wigan Athletic players featured in 2014 FIFA World Cup warm up matches this weekend, as Roger Espinoza and Juan Carlos Garcia featured for Honduras in a 0-0 draw with England in Miami, and James McClean's Republic of Ireland provided a test for England's World Cup opponents Costa Rica in Philadelphia.


A typically all-action performance from Espinoza and his Honduras team mates provided a stern test for Roy Hodgson's England in their final World Cup warm up match, with Roger featuring for 86 minutes before being replaced by fellow Latics man Juan Carlos Garcia for the final four minutes.

Former Latics men also involved were Wilson Palacios and Maynor Figueroa for Honduras, with Leighton Baines for England.

Eagerly anticipated by Latics fans hoping to see their players in action, the game was bizarrely suspended for 30 minutes during the first half due to a lighting storm in Miami.

The friction in the skies would soon transcend onto the pitch once the referee restarted the game in a physical encounter which ultimately ended in a stalemate.

Following the game, Roger spoke to saying:

"Sometimes we play well and other times we play badly, but we never hesitate to show our best side and the fans are happy with that.

"We haven't got the results we wanted so far, but we're ready for the World Cup and we've gained confidence.

"Now I'm nervous, we're ready to fight and make history in Brazil and I can't wait to hear the national anthem."

Honduras kick off their World Cup campaign on Sunday 15 June against France in Porto Alegre.

For more from Roger ahead of the World Cup, you can check out his guide to Honduras' team by [clicking here] and on YouTube you can watch his attempt at our World Cup quiz by [clicking here].


In the early hours of Saturday morning (UK time), James McClean was Latics' first featured international player of the weekend, coming on as a first half substitute against Costa Rica with Republic of Ireland already 1-0 up.

McClean picked up a yellow card in the second half for a foul on Arsenal's Joel Campbell, but was praised by @FAIreland for his defensive duties during the game.

On Twitter after the game McClean said:

"Would have liked the win, draw probably a fair result in view of the game.

"Enjoyed the experience at left back it was a tough test against a good player."

McClean could be in action again on Wednesday when Republic of Ireland take on Portugal.

To read James' views ahead of the game [click here].

Photo credits: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters Picture Supplied by Action Images
John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports/Reuters Picture Supplied by Action Images

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