Only a fortnight remains until the World Cup begins and England once again look to live up to the pressure placed upon them heading to Brazil.
Roy Hodgson's men face a warm-up fixture against Peru on Friday evening, bringing together the two nations at Wembley for the first time in 52 years in what should be an open encounter.
The Three Lions will be expected to show clear signs of improvement since they began their preparations for the World Cup, and here we detail all the vital viewing information for the fixture, as well as a look ahead to the England individuals under the most pressure to dazzle.
Date: Friday, May 30
Time: 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET
TV Info: ITV (UK), Fox Sports 2 (US)
England Players Under Pressure To Perform
Raheem Sterling, Liverpool
For many, Raheem Sterling has already done enough to justify his position as one of Hodgson's first choices in England's attack, but there remains an air of risk about handing one so young so much responsibility in Brazil.
The Guardian's Dominic Fifield discussed this week that Sterling can "cement his place" in the England setup with a good showing against Peru.
For Liverpool, the forward has evolved from his roots on the right flank this season, showing signs of a more adapted figure, drifting into the central channels to pose more of a direct threat on goal.
According to club and international team-mate Glen Johnson, Sterling is capable of further excelling in his duties when he travels to South America, per the official Liverpool website:
For the 19-year-old, this week's matchup is a chance to go above and beyond against what should be considered lesser opposition. If given his chance in the starting XI, Sterling needs to shine to keep the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain behind him in the pecking order.
Danny Welbeck, Manchester United
Having started just 15 Premier League games this past season, per Squawka, Danny Welbeck is far from an assured member for either club or country at present.
Were Jay Rodriguez fit to feature at this year's World Cup, one might even argue that the Red Devil would have missed out on Hodgson's call. As it is, however, he's in and now needs to show those doubting his ability how wrong they are.
Should Hodgson opt to experiment on Friday evening, Welbeck could find himself given a chance to impress from the first whistle, and while the places of Daniel Sturridge or Wayne Rooney won't be under fire regardless of how he performs, he can sneak ahead of others in the queue for the forward line.
Luke Shaw, Southampton
Sky Sports has reported that Leighton Baines was one of only two England players to miss Tuesday's training session this week, opening the door for a fit Luke Shaw to assume his spot at left-back against Peru:
The Southampton star may have enjoyed a remarkable season at club level, bringing about his first surges into the international ranks, but Shaw is by no means guaranteed to start ahead of his Everton counterpart in Brazil just yet.
For that to happen, the 18-year-old still has some proving to do, and Friday's examination gives him an ideal, low-pressure scenario in which to create public clamour for his inclusion before the flight to Brazil.
Sporting Lisbon attacker Andre Carrillo will be one of the main threats to Shaw's evening on Peru's right flank. Even though the youngster's reputation is already in good standing among a lot of England fans right now, he can apply some very valuable pressure on Baines with a good turn-out at Wembley.
Peru Player To Watch Out For
Alberto Rodriguez, Rio Ave
It's foreseeable that England will develop the greater portion of attacking opportunities in London this week, and so the defence of the visiting party must be up to scratch if Peru are to have even the slightest hope of prevailing.
Alberto Rodriguez is the most experienced member of Pablo Bengoechea's side with 48 caps to his name, and the centre-back will be of vital significance in restraining whatever attacking partnerships Hodgson puts to the test at Wembley.
The Rio Ave defender couldn't help his club finish above 11th place in the Liga Primeira this season, but for Rodriguez, the trip to England provides a rare opportunity to impress against big opposition. The likes of Wayne Rooney, Welbeck and Sturridge will attempt to make Friday as uncomfortable an evening as possible for the 30-year-old.
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