England defeated Peru by a 3-0 result at Wembley Stadium earlier today, Friday, but Manchester United players struggle.
England gave their fans at Wembley Stadium a good send-off by trumping Peru by a 3-0 score earlier today, Friday, ahead of their two remaining international friendlies in Miami against Ecuador and Honduras.
Roy Hodgson selected a strong line-up, set-up in a 4-2-3-1 formation as he assesses his 23-man provisional squad in the last few weeks available before the FIFA World Cup tournament begins in Brazil, next month.
Daniel Sturridge maintained his impressive hot streak at club level, while the defence kept their sheet clean. Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson struggled to assert themselves as the deeper two-man midfield combination, while Wayne Rooney may as well have not started.
Hodgson made some positive substitutions, bringing on talented youths such as Raheem Sterling and Ross Barkley, who one esteemed former German international said would get in the current Germany team - even ahead of players like Mesut Ozil.
Joe Hart - 7.5
Corinthians attacker Luis Ramirez would have had a rampaging opportunity one-on-one on goal were it not for the sharpness of Hart, coming off his line early to anticipate the save. Got a stiff boot to the released effort from Ramirez late in the half, denying the Peruvian an equaliser for 1-1. Was on guard just before the break, also - good concentration.
Glen Johnson - 4.5
When Johnson is on form, he fulfils his defensive responsibilities while also playing as what can only be described as an auxiliary playmaker. Whilst staying disciplined on the right side, Johnson was integral to forward bursts. However, he neglected defensive control, played Luis Ramirez onside late in the first half (easily Peru's most dangerous player on the field) and was exposed by a basic international team.
Gary Cahill - 7
Will look to build up a formidable centre back partnership with Phil Jagielka yet his most significant contribution against Peru was a terrifically-taken header, after a set-piece build-up from Jagielka's team-mate at club-level Leighton Baines.
Phil Jagielka - 7
A dodgy deflection from the boss Everton defender could have ended up in England's net but Hart got a mitt to it. Got a good block in on Jean Deza half way through half two. Bungled in the nation's third after confusion in Peru's box.
Leighton Baines - 7
Combined with United forward Danny Welbeck in the first half on numerous occasions and was provided a good number of goal-scoring opportunities. Set-up Cahill for 2-0 with a corner-kick.
Steven Gerrard - 6
Was booked for showing studs to Duza. Almost came off second-best after a clattering from Rinaldo Cruzado, but managed to come out of the wayward challenge uninjured. And the nation breathed out. Was replaced by Jack Wilshere.
Jordan Henderson - 5
The logic behind fielding Henderson next to Gerrard, after their understanding at club-level throughout Liverpool's season aided their strong second-placed finish, was sound, but neither man made even a decent impact. The midfield should be dominated against a team like Peru - but it wasn't.
Adam Lallana - 7
Failed to fully exert himself at times, running the ball into Roberto Rodriguez early in the second half summed up some of his frustrations. What was good about the midfielder, though, was his two-footedness even in an unfamiliar position. Showed good intelligence and took on his man. Was brought off for James Milner.
Wayne Rooney - 4.5
The Manchester United forward appeared leggy and struggled to make an impact in the first half, prompting social media pressure to bring on winger Raheem Sterling or attacker Ross Barkley in his place. His erring moment early on allowed Ramirez to test Joe Hart. Rightfully substituted.
Danny Welbeck - 5.5
Squandered a good opportunity to double England's lead but failed to make his header count - missed the target.
Daniel Sturridge - 8
Punctuated his terrific club form with a thumping left foot finish from the left side of the penalty area edge, giving the Wembley masses a much-needed lift with his highlight-reel goal. His positioning was also on point as he awaited a gilt-edged chance from Baines when he was running into the six-yard area.
Oh i do like Sturridge. Got a self belief, often confused with arrogance, that's such a vital trait in a striker.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 30, 2014
Substitutions: Wilshere - 7; Smalling - N/a; Milner - 6; Sterling - 7; Stones - N/a; Barkley - 7 - Sterling and Barkley interlinked superbly late in the match, but the former lifted his shot high and wide of the marker. Wilshere showed incredible close control - does he start the Ecuardor match in Miami next to Miami, in place of Henderson?