International friendly, Wembley Stadium
ENGLAND 3-0 PERU
Goals: Sturridge (31'), Cahill (65'), Jagielka (70').
England cruised to a 3-0 victory over Peru at Wembley on Friday evening, as Roy Hodgson appeared to road-test his preferred starting XI and formation for this summer’s World Cup.
A fine individual strike from Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring before Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka added a certain gloss to proceedings in the second half with finishes from set-pieces, but it was the performances of his players in various roles that will have been of greater importance to head coach Hodgson.
Here we analyse how his starting XI fared.
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First half analysis
Joe Hart: Dealt well with an early through-ball to cut out the danger, and made a fine one-handed save from Jean Deza’s deflected strike. Preserved England's lead with a fine stop from Luis Ramirez just before the break.
Glen Johnson: Not quite as impactful as Baines, although Lallana’s presence reduced the space for him to operate in. Calm defensively.
Gary Cahill: Seemed to get to grips with Luis Ramirez fairly early on, although the runs of Peru’s attackers seemed to cause more problems then they perhaps should have.
Phil Jagielka: Struggled occasionally with Deza’s runs inside, but comfortable on the ball and not asked to do much for long periods of the half.
Leighton Baines: England’s system called for Baines to maraud up the flank with regularity, and he did that to aid his team-mates in impressive style.
Steven Gerrard: Was involved in two challenges—one received, one dished out—that resulted in that rarity, yellow cards in a friendly. Otherwise efficient with ball and without.
Jordan Henderson: Impressed playing in the very heart of England’s midfield, with Gerrard dropping deeper and Lallana pushing on. Showed some good vision but his timing was just off.
Adam Lallana: Some incisive runs lifted the tempo for the home side, with Sturridge nearly scoring after one particular surge into the Peru box.
Danny Welbeck: Some smart touches and good pressing enabled England to build pressure, but seemed to struggle to get in dangerous positions himself.
Wayne Rooney: Linked the play nicely, but headed over his one decent first-half sight at goal.
Daniel Sturridge: Broke the monotony of the game with a brilliant curling effort to open the scoring. England’s clearest threat before and after that.
Second half analysis
Joe Hart: Continued his calm display in the second half, although he was not required to be anywhere near as busy.
Glen Johnson: A solid, unspectacular display.
Gary Cahill: Defensively their were more suspect moments, although the clean sheet remained intact. His powerful header from Baines’s cross effectively sealed the win on the night.
Phil Jagielka: A brilliant block to deny Deza kept England ahead, before he later got a goal of his own in the simplest of circumstances.
Leighton Baines: His delivery helped England double their advantage. It is a weapon Hodgson will want to make more use of going forward.
Steven Gerrard: Was the first England player to be taken off, an indication of his value to Hodgson.
Jordan Henderson: Looked composed and authorative in the middle of the pitch. Will have done his prospects no harm at all with the performance.
Adam Lallana: Continued to impress with his running, although a goal would not be forthcoming before his eventual withdrawal.
Danny Welbeck: Not his best performance in an England shirt, but he outshone Sturridge in the tracking-back department. Easy to see why Hodgson trusts him, even if his attacking output could improve.
Wayne Rooney: Brought off after Gerrard, following a somewhat underwhelming display by his own high standards. Could his place possibly be under threat?
Daniel Sturridge: Continued to be England’s most dangerous attacker.
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