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  • May 30, 2014
  • • 20:00
  • • Wembley Stadium, London
  • Referee: V. Kassai
  • • Attendance: 83578

England 3-0 Peru: Sturridge stunner helps Three Lions to friendly win

England 3-0 Peru: Sturridge stunner helps Three Lions to friendly win

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The Liverpool striker opened the scoring before second half strikes from Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka put some gloss on a solid display from Roy Hodgson's side

Defence was the best form of attack for England as they kicked off their World Cup preparations with a 3-0 win over Peru.

After Daniel Sturridge had opened the scoring for the hosts in the first half, defensive duo Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka found the net to send England on their way with a comfortable victory.

Boss Roy Hodgson included six players who ply their Premier League trade on Merseyside in his starting XI,and it was the Liverpool pairing of Glen Johnson and Sturridge who combined for the opener.

Johnson's quick-thinking from a throw-in opened the door for Sturridge to shoot from the edge of the penalty area and he made no mistake in curling the ball into the top left-hand corner in the 32nd minute.
By Liam Twomey

What else did we expect? England never looked in danger of losing to a ludicrously understrength Peru side at Wembley, but it was always going to be difficult to look good against team content to simply keep the score down.

England pushed forward with intent all night, but too often without any real ideas or intensity. The latter can perhaps be forgiven - it must be every member of this squad's worst nightmare to pick up an injury a matter of days away from the World Cup - but the lack of collective understanding in Roy Hodgson's talented attacking unit is a worry. It took a moment of individual brilliance from Daniel Sturridge to break the deadlock, while Wayne Rooney was desperately underwhelming again.

Soft second-half goals from Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka perhaps gave the scoreline a layer of gloss England's play did not merit, though Peru visibly tired in the final 20 minutes.

In the end there is little cause for drama. England got the win they came for and can jet off to Miami on Sunday with the beginnings of momentum, even if much of this match was a masterclass in managing expectations. Will there be glory in Brazil? Don't get your hopes up.

Everton's Leighton Baines provided the cross for Cahill to head home England's second in the 65th minute, before Jagielka capitalised on a goalkeeping error to net a third.

Hodgson's strong starting XI may have offered a hint as to the team that will start England's World Cup opener against Italy on June 14, with Danny Welbeck and Jordan Henderson among the more notable inclusions, while Adam Lallana also started.

Goalscoring chances were few and far between in the opening stages, but the reactions of England goalkeeper Joe Hart were put to the test in the 19th minute when Jean Deza's effort from outside the penalty area deflected off Jagielka and almost looped over the Manchester City man.

England were soon causing problems at the other end, though, and Sturridge will have been disappointed after dragging an effort across the face of goal one minute later.

But when the opener came, it was through the swift actions of two members of England's sizeable Liverpool contingent.

Johnson delivered the ball to Sturridge from a throw-in, and the Anfield frontman produced a wonderful finish to delight the sizeable Wembley crowd.

Deza got a sight of goal again 10 minutes into the second half, but his 20-yard hit whistled just over Hart's crossbar.

England then doubled their advantage with 25 minutes left, when Cahill rose well to head home as a helpless Luis Advincula attempted to clear off the line.

And the result was put beyond doubt five minutes later as Jagielka poked home after Peru keeper Raul Fernandez spilled the ball at his feet from a corner.

Hodgson introduced a number of players from the bench in the second half, and handed a senior debut to Everton youngster John Stones, who came on in place of Baines in the 75th minute.

England's World Cup build-up now moves on to the United States, where they face friendlies against Ecuador and Honduras on Wednesday and Saturday respectively.