England have been training together for over a week now having completed a camp in Portugal and the first of three international friendlies, as Roy Hodgson's Three Lions banked a 3-0 win over Peru at Wembley Stadium on Friday, May 30 thanks to a golazo from Daniel Sturridge, an exquisite header from Gary Cahill and a Phil Jagielka effort completing the rout.
Some players performed better than others, with poor performances from Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney and Glen Johnson offset by the momentary brilliance of Liverpool asset Sturridge and a number of substitutes such as Liverpool wonderkid Raheem Sterling and Ross Barkley.
Former England striker and BBC pundit Gary Lineker, who will present a number of World Cup matches when the tournament begins next month, believes Hodgson will have a selection headache as he ponders what to do with Rooney.
Sturridge continues to make a case as the spearheading striker, which leaves the manager wondering whether to reduce Rooney's role to an impact player from the bench, or play him in a withdrawn forward position behind the striker, or even out wide.
"What does Roy do with Rooney?" Lineker asked on his social media Twitter account. "Now Sturridge is lead striker, where does he play him - if at all? [It's a] good problem [to have]."
He added: "[It's] worth remembering that this was Rooney's first game for a while. He's scored bags of goals for England and can play out of a customary position."
On Sturridge, Lineker said: "I like [him]. He's got a self-belief often confused with arrogance and that is a vital trait to have in a striker."
England now fly out to Miami where they will take on Ecuador on June 4 and then Honduras on June 7. They begin the group stage of the World Cup in Manaus on June 14 against Italy, ahead of fixtures involving Uruguay and Costa Rica.
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
Would certainly like to see Sterling's energy, ability and confidence to take people on that will be so needed in Brazil.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 30, 2014
Headline from this game, is what does Roy do with Rooney? Now Sturridge is lead striker, where does he play him, if at all. Good problem.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 30, 2014
Worth remembering this was Rooney's first game for a while. He's scored bags of goals for England and can play out of customary position.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) May 30, 2014