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WIGAN’S play-off nightmare could turn to World Cup dreams for Roger Espinoza who wasted no time in turning his attentions to Honduras’ battle against the odds in Brazil next month.
The 27-year-old jetted off to America to meet up with his international teammates straight after the Latics’ semifinal defeat against QPR on Monday night. Luis Fernando Suarez’ 23-man squad – which also includes Wigan’s Juan Carlos Garcia – will be put through their paces in the States before a friendly against England in Miami on June 7.
The versatile Espinoza is looking to get one over the Three Lions before turning his attention to France, Switzerland and Ecuador in Group E.
Espinoza will also be eyeing a place in Los Catrachos folklore, with his homeland never previously pro- QPR Benoit Assou-Ekotto (on loan from Tottenham) – Cameroon (20 caps, 0 goals) Stephane Mbia (on loan to Sevilla) – Cameroon (41 caps, 3 goals) Niko Kranjcar (on loan from Dynamo Kyiv) – Croatia (81 caps, 16 goals) Loic cap Yun Kor WIG Jea (57 Jua Hon goa Rog gressing beyond the first round.
“I am really looking forward to the World Cup and think we can do well in the group stage and could even cause a couple of upsets,” said Espinoza, who is hoping to make the starting line-up for the opener against France in Porto Alegre on June 15.
“We’re a team built on a new generation of Honduran players. We did very well in qualifying, which means we’re all positive and confident about our chances in the tournament.
“I might be in the team in time for the friendly against England. It just depends what our manager decides about when and where I play. Obvi-
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