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Premier League talent vital for Honduras this summer

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With the World Cup less than 50 days away, the football world will descend on Brazil, let's examine each individual nation, focusing on the nation, likely squad to go, key player, player to watch and the manager. This is focusing on Honduras.

Honduras, in the last World Cup, finished bottom of the group with two losses and a draw. So there is a bit of work needed to improve on last time, if they can make it through their group will be a big boost for the team, as has not been done for them in two previous appearances.

Luis Fernando Suárez will be looking to motivate his squad on doing just this and make Honduras look respectable, they have a number of well-known players, can they perform on the biggest stage?

The Probable Squad of 23

Goalkeepers - Noel Valladares (Likely No.1 and Captain), Donis Escober and John Alston Bodeen

Defenders - Maynor Figueroa, Victor Bernardez, Emilio Izaguirre, Juan Carlos Garcia, Brayan Beckeles, Osman Chavez and Johnny Leveron

Midfielders - Oscar Garcia, Jorge Claros, Marvin Chavez, Mario Martinez, Edder Delgado, Luis Garrido, Andy Najar, Wilson Palacios, Roger Espinoza

Forwards - Jerry Bengston, Jerry Palacios, Rony Martinez, Carlo Costly, Georgie Welcome

The Key Player will be Wilson Palacios, with his Premier League and international experience, he is aware of the big game situation, will he be able to lead his team and do a proud job for Honduran football? - His determination and fight will be key and he may even score the odd goal from a header, which could be crucial.

The Player to Watch - Jorge Claros, he established himself with Scottish side Hibernian for 18 months on loan, he had started to develop into an exciting but solid player in midfield and has replicated this style for Honduras and could potentially be springboarding himself to a bigger club with a good World Cup.

The Manager - Luis Fernando Suarez took charge in March 2011. In his time there he has had a successful managerial stint bringing young talent, which has helped achieve two semi finals in the Gold Cup while becoming champions and a runner up in the Copa CentroAmericana.

He also had a respectable 2012 Olympics, beating Spain and losing to Brazil in the Quarters. The experience on the international stage is there, as he managed Ecuador previously, can he mastermind Honduras success by at least winning one game or potentially do a New Zealand and go unbeaten? It will improve his and Honduran Football's reputation.

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