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May 30, 2014
• 3:00 PM
• Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: V. Kassai
• Attendance: 83578
D. Sturridge 32'
G. Cahill 65'
P. Jagielka 70'
That's it for me, thanks for joining us!
Comfortable stuff in the end for England, as they head off to the Americas to complete their World Cup preparations. The Three Lions never reached the peak of their game here at Wembley, but goals from Sturridge, Jagielka and Cahill were still more than enough to see them past a well-beaten Peru side.
90' + 5'
That's full time folks!
90' + 3'
England motor forward on their last attack, and Welbeck, who has run all game, shows great pace and stamina to race down the right flank and catch up to an over-hit Barkley pass. However, the time taken to bring that wayward ball back into stride allows Peru's defence the time to get bodies back in position.
90' + 1'
Scratch that, a healthy dosage of FOUR added minutes is tacked on to round off this game. Could be 40 for all it matters - both sides look committed to ending this one as soon as possible.
Can't imagine much stoppage time here despite all the substitutions. It's been a very low key game from England, who did not have to move out of second gear to hand a defeat to the South American side. Tougher times to come for sure, but it's been a solid send off for the Three Lions in front of their fans.
Barkley tries to pick one right out of the top draw. You can see his intention, to curl it into the far corner from the inswinging side, but he gets it all wrong in the end, sliding in a daisy cutter that is easily blocked by the Peruvian ranks at the back.
A swift attack from England sees Barkley and Welbeck involved, and the Everton man slides the ball wide to Sterling, who has a lot of the goal to aim at, but side foots it first time, sending it well wide of the far post. Could and should have done a lot better with that chance!
A rendition of 'God Save the Queen' rings out around the Wembley stands. It's smooth and easy out on the pitch for England, and in truth, the result has not been in doubt for a very long while.
On comes Barkley, replacing Sturridge, who set the pulses racing earlier with that wonder goal. The Everton man has started to fulfill his potential this season, and has been tipped for great things by almost everyone who has had a hand in his development.
Ten minutes to go here, as the England fans are in a jolly mood in the stands. A huge roar goes up as a paper airplane, launched by some plucky fan, makes its way onto the pitch. And it looks like Barkley is set to make his way on from the sidelines.
Peru hand another debut to one of their youngsters, as Velarde comes on for Advincula, and he will slot right into the defence. The subs have really broken up the tempo of the game at the moment - England did well to put proceedings to bed just before it happened.
It's party time at Wembley now, as WIlshere and Milner link twice down the right hand side, with the Manchester City man both times failing to get a ball into the box. Meanwhile, it's another sub for Hodgson, as Stones makes his international debut, replacing Baines.
Jagielka, fresh off his goal that puts the icing on the cake here, makes way for Manchester United's Chris Smalling. Also, Southampton man Adam Lallana's race is run, and he departs for that captain of industry, James Milner. Couldn't be a lower pressure situation to be introduced to.
Another corner for England, but this time, it's not a great delivery from Baines. He can't get the ball past the first man on the post. Meanwhile, there's more substitutions in the offing from Hodgson, and it looks like a double change to come for the hosts.
Fernandez looks like he wants the ground to swallow him up. He had the corner firmly in his grasp, but bumped into his own man on the landing, spilling the ball and allowing Jagielka the chance to poke home from close range. Both England centre backs on the board now.
YOU BET! JAGIELKA MAKES IT THREE!
Peru swap Ramos for Riojas as England win another corner thanks to the fresh legs of Sterling, who dribbles his way into the box and forces a hurried clearance from the Peru defence. Can England profit again?
The tactical adjustment has seen England move into more of a 4-3-3. Sturridge is still leading the line, with Sterling and Welbeck now on either side of him. Lallana has shifted centrally into an advanced playmaking role, while Wilshere has slotted right into Gerrard's vacated spot, anchoring the midfield alongside Henderson.
Let's recap the changes. Wilshere replaced Gerrard just before Cahill's goal, while in the red corner, Deza's debut comes to an end as Ruidiaz steps onto the pitch. Hodgson soon follows with a second substitution, as Rooney ends a subdued evening, walking off for Sterling.
A good delivery from the corner from Baines is put right into the heart of the box, and Cahil sneaks up behind a crowd of bodies to plant a header past Fernandez and into the back of the net! Surely it's the Three Lions for the win now! Meanwhile, the substitutions continue.
AND IT'S IN! ENGLAND HAVE A SECOND!
Welbeck does excellently to chase down a aimless Rooney ball, and even better to cut back towards the overlapping Baines. The Everton man spots Sturridge at the far post, but crucially, Callens gets his body in the way to block the ball out for a corner.
DEZA! Well, he's certainly had an eventful debut for los Incas! Heavy touch from Glen Johnson allows Peru the chance to counter, and the 20-year-old is played in behind the out of position right back, sliding a low shot in on goal that's blocked at the last!
Deza tries to make lightning strike twice, letting loose an ambitious effort from a long way out. However, this time, it does not come close to troubling Hart. That's the signal for Peru to make a sub, as Ramirez makes way for Hurtado, who plies his trade for Penarol.
Wayne Rooney makes no apologies with a crunching challenge on Ramirez near the left corner flag in the England half. Crucially, despite nearly leading with two feet, the Manchester United forward got all of the ball first. Great tackle in the end.
SPOKE TOO SOON! The Peru debutant Deza gets a chance to break into the England half and, spotting Joe Hart off his lien by some 20 yards, he attempts to clip him from just outside the centre circle. It looks to be heading on target, but whistles over at the last second. Hart looked to have recovered anyway.
Much like the first half, Peru have been mostly penned back, struggling to advance the ball across the halfway line. England are dominant, but crucially, there's just the one Sturridge goal in it, and in truth, the South Americans are defending decently.
Some flair and imagination emanating through the England approach at the moment, as a series of crisp, incisive passes in the opposition half get the crowd applauding in appreciation. The Three Lions' tactical approach have often been criticized as archaic, but that was an enjoyable sequence there.
No changes at the break, and no sign of any alterations at the start of this half either. Hodgson is not limited my three substitutions tonight. Given that it's a friendly, he has the option of emptying his bench if he so desires. I would expect to at least see one of Sterling, Wilshere or Lambert at some point.
A careless giveaway from Jagielka allows Deza the chance to sprint into a one on one with Hart, but the keeper reads his defender's mistake almost as it happens. He's off his line to punt the ball clear and get rid of the danger. Hart hasn't put a foot wrong today.
Here we go again.
England have been in control, but have not been able to really apply the cutting edge, apart from a wonder strike out of nowhere from Sturridge. Peru have been mostly submissive, but in one instance, showed that they do possess danger on the counter attack. Stay tuned for the restart soon.
45' + 1'
CHANCE FOR PERU! Out of nowhere, the South Americans make inroads down the right, as Carillo slides a clever ball to Ramirez, whose low finish is thwarted by the leg of Joe Hart! An important save from the keeper, as it would have been a sucker punch to concede on the stroke of half time, which is not signaled by the referee.
A very rare attack from Peru which is orchestrated down the left hand side. Yotun overlaps onto a Carrillo pass, before returning the ball to the left winger. However, before he can make anything happen, two English players race forward to confront him, and the chance dissolves.
Another set piece comes in from the left hand side, and it's Baines who ships it in. It's aimed towards Welbeck, but the Manchester United man, despite rising highest, cannot keep his header down. He's not been involved much since that earlier run that forced Ramos into a foul.
England's next match is on Wednesday against Ecuador in Florida, before they face off against Honduras in their final World Cup warmup game. Plenty of warm weather and humidity to get Hodgson's men acclimatised to what's to come in Brazil.
Peru haven't gotten the ball out of their own half for a good quarter of an hour. Gerrard tries to be a little too ambitious on a free kick from the left hand side, attempting to curl it into the far corner from a tight angle, but this time, his radar is decidedly off, and the ball is out for a goalkick.
Another half chance for England there, as Gerrard takes charge of a corner and swings it in for Rooney, who gets his head onto it but cannot place it under the crossbar. It was only four years ago, in 2009-10 that Rooney topped the Premier League charts for headed goals in a season. You would expect him to do better.
A truly excellent strike from the Liverpool forward, and some real encouragement handed to the Three Lions now. Johnson looks for Lallana inside the area, but he loses his balance just before he can square the ball back for the onrushing Rooney to apply the finish.
Out of nowhere, with the game slowing to a crawl, the Liverpool man lifts the roof off Wembley! From a throw in on the right hand side, the ball is moved right to Sturridge, who strides past two players across the top of the box, and using his left foot, he hooks a beautiful shot into the far corner! That's 1-0 folks!
STURRIDGE WITH A CRACKER!
Yellow CardSteven Gerrard
Now it's England's turn to suffer a booking, and no surprise to see Gerrard as the man cautioned by the referee. So recently the victim of a clumsy challenge, the England skipper responds with one of his own against Deza that could have been dangerous.
A belated roar goes around the Wembly stands as the Three Lions fans try to rouse the often subdued tempo of this match. It's hardly been one for the neutrals, truth be told. Not quite the send off that the fans would have wanted from their team before they board the plane for the Western hemisphere.
Yellow CardR. Cruzado
It's been a slow tempo in attack from England. Perhaps it's an early adjustment to the likely approach that they would have to take in the sweltering heat of Brazil in the summer. Meanwhile, a thumping challenge on Gerrard from Cruzado sees the Peru man deservedly booked.
Rooney attempts to clip a long pass in towards Sturridge, but not for the first time, the ball is too far over the head of the white shirt in the box. The two leading English goalscorers in the Premier League last season are expected to start virtually every match come matters in Brazil.
CHANCE FOR STURRIDGE! The move began when Lallana decided to take his chances when dribbling into the box. He is soon crowded out and eventually felled by a defender, but while a few players looked at the referee for a penalty, Sturridge keeps his focus on the play at hand, attacking the loose ball and slashing it the wrong side of the far post!
Awkward save for Hart to make, as a speculative shot from Ramirez is deflected by Jagielka, taking the ball towards the far corner. The Manchester City keeper reacts well to tip the ball away from danger, before smothering it at the second attempt.
Ramirez drops deep and pings an excellent ball for Deza, but Joe Hart is swift off his line to get to the ball ahead of the streaking forward. Probably the best moment of attacking intent shown by Peru since the first whistle, and it came from a giveaway in midfield.
Free kick given in England's favour, after a high ball sees Deza and Baines rise for the challenge, with the Peru debutant clattering the Everton man in the face with a lingering arm. Other referees might have deemed that worthy of a yellow card.
England are rather pinging it forward at the moment without a concrete plan in attack. But to be fair, even that disorganized attacking approach is enough to unsettle the Peru defence, who look to nervously boot it clear at every opportunity. There are chances to be had in this.
The set piece comes to naught though, as Fernandez is permitted to smother without too much difficulty. England have generally controlled the tempo of play in the opening stages, with Peru struggling to get on the ball. No surprises there, and perhaps it's also not a shock to observe the Three Lions lacking a bit of cutting edge so far.
Welbeck may not be the most cultured of forwards yet, and he may get a lot of stick from fans who expect something more, but one ting you can't fault is his pace. He single-mindedly barrels down the left flank, forcing Ramos into a late challenge, giving England a good spot from a free kick.
Excellent defensive work from Glen Johnson, who was forced to defend with his weaker left foot against the direct running of Carillo. The Peru winger had made his way into the box, but Johnson took the gamble of facing him up with a sliding challenge, that ended up winning the ball back cleanly.
It appeared originally that Rooney would lead the line with Sturridge and Welbeck flanking either side of him, but the initial exchanges have seen the Liverpool man plowing the furrow up front. Rooney has dropped deeper as the support striker, while Welbeck has drifted out to the left flank, with Lallana popping up on the other side.
England build patiently through the middle of the park, with Sturridge linking with Rooney around the top of the box. The Manchester United man attempts to flick a ball wide for the overlapping Leighton Baines, but he puts too much mustard on the pass, and it falls into the hands of the Peruvian defence.
England boast an impressive pre-tournament record in friendlies, going undefeated in their last 22 such games, with their previous defeat stretching back to 1990 against Uruguay. Something tells me that these records mean nothing to the Three Lions faithful, given their disappointing performances in recent international tournaments.
Here we go!
Kickoff is just around the corner as both anthems ring out in Wembly one after another. With the formalities taken care of, we're ready to get underway.
In their place, unfamiliar names such as Alberto Rodriguez, Josepmir Ballon and senior debutant Jean Deza will start, in a match where Los Incas are expected to spend the majority of their time without the ball.
It's a more interesting lineup from the South Americans tonight, who field a host of unknown names in a largely experimental XI. Pablo Bengoechea has left the likes of Jefferson Farfan, Claudio Pizarro and Juan Vargas at home.
Some tasty names on the bench for Hodgson to look at in this game. Jack Wilshere and Raheem Sterling in particular are the names closest to breaking into the XI, and will fancy their chances of impressing pre-tournament in order to cement a starting berth. However Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, another starting hopeful, does not make the squad for this game.
The back five for England pretty much picked itself, with Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka expected to man the centre of the Three Lions' defence come June. Leighton Baines is handed a start at left back, a position that he would have been expected to fill even if Luke Shaw had been fit for this game. Glen Johnson begins on the right, with Manchester City's Joe Hart in goal.
Hodgson names a front three of Sturridge, Welbeck and Rooney in what could very well be a mirror image of the attacking lineup for their World Cup opener against Italy in a few weeks. Adam Lallana also makes the cut in midfield alongside the Liverpool pair Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson.
SUBS: Gambetta, Hurtado, Ruidiaz, Forsyth, Velarde, Angel Saavedra, Gallese, Flores, Riojas.
PERU (4-5-1): Fernandez; Rodriguez, Callens, Cruzado, Ramos; Advincula, Carrillo, Yotun, Ramirez, Deza; Ballon.
SUBS: Foster, Forster, Stones, Smalling, Flanagan, Wilshere, Lampard, Milner, Sterling, Barkley, Lambert.
ENGLAND (4-3-3): Hart; Johnson, Baines, Cahill, Jagielka; Gerrard, Henderson, Lallana; Sturridge, Rooney, Welbeck.
This is the first of England's three pre-tournament friendlies, which unsurprisingly all boast a considerable Latin American flavour. Roy Hodgson's men will also travel across the Atlantic to face Ecuador and Honduras, as precursors to their group games against Uruguay and Costa Rica.
Hello and welcome to the World Cup warmup friendly between England and Peru. I'm Keeghann Sinanan, your guide for all the action.
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