England vs. Peru: International Friendly Live Score, Highlights, Report

Thomas CooperFeatured ColumnistMay 30, 2014

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International football friendly—Wembley Stadium, London

ENGLAND 3-0 PERU (Full-time)

Goals: Sturridge 31' (Eng), Cahill 65' (Eng), Jagielka 70' (Eng)


England: Hart, Johnson, Jagielka (Smalling), Cahill, Baines (Stones), Gerrard (Wilshere), Henderson, Lallana (Milner), Rooney (Sterling), Welbeck, Sturridge (Barkley).

Substitutes: Wilshere, Lampard, Smalling, Foster, Milner, Lambert, Sterling, Barkley, Forster, Stones, Flanagan

Peru: Fernandez, Rodriguez, Callens, Cruzado, Ramos (Riojas), Advincula (Velarde), Carillo (Flores), Yotun, Ramirez (Hurtado), Deza (Ruidaz), Ballon

Substitutes: Gambetta, Hurtado, Ruidiaz, Forsyth, Velarde, Trauco, Gallese, Flores, Riojas.

England bid farewell to their home fans by beating Peru 3-0 in the first of three World Cup warm-up games.

A quiet opening half-hour saw Peru have arguably the better chances early on before a moment of brilliance from Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring. The striker received a throw-in from his Liverpool team-mate Glen Johnson, fashioned some space and curled a shot in the top corner.

Another half hour passed by without England failing to seriously trouble the South Americans. If anything they looked the more troubled with Phil Jagielka and Johnson both getting caught dangerously in possession.

Roy Hodgson's side held firm, though, and sealed the win in a six-minute spell.

On both occasions the goals came from a Leighton Baines corner. Gary Cahill headed home first, before the ball fell kindly to Jagielka to sweep home from a delivery from the opposite side.

A dizzying number of substitutions from both sides saw the game lose what little momentum it had for a while in the second-half. The introduction of youngsters Ross Barkley, Raheem Sterling and Jack Wilshere eventually led to a few livelier moments late on, while Danny Welbeck carried on where Sturridge and Adam Lallana left off in instigating England's more exciting flourishes.

"We had to be patient," Hodgson said, via The Sun. "We were dominant and we got our reward. It's a perfect end to a perfect two weeks."

The performance did not quite live up to the England boss' opinion, but it was a decent enough run-out for his team before next week's friendlies with Ecuador and Honduras in Miami.