It may have been only Peru, but England fans will still be happy with the performance in the 3-0 victory at London’s Wembley Stadium on Friday.
Roy Hodgson’s side hardly looked troubled by the South Americans, as they played their last game on home soil before the 2014 World Cup finals.
Daniel Sturridge scored a genuinely world-class goal just past the half-hour mark to put the Three Lions ahead. Chelsea defender Gary Cahill doubled the hosts’ advantage on 65 minutes when he headed home Leighton Baines’ corner. Five minutes later Phil Jagielka tucked the ball in from his Everton teammate’s set-piece to wrap up a 3-0 victory.
There were a few occasions on which England goalkeeper Joe Hart was troubled, but overall it was largely an encouraging display from Hodgson’s side, who will now jet off to Miami for friendly matches against Ecuador and Honduras on June 4 and June 7 respectively.
Rio Ferdinand retired from England duty back in 2011, but he is still keen on his country doing their best. After Friday’s match, the former Manchester United central defender took to social networking Twitter to revel in the Three Lions’ victory over Peru.
Nice send off that for England, 3-0! Roll on the World Cup!— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) May 30, 2014
England’s chances of winning the World Cup in Brazil are slim. The 1966 winners have been drawn against Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in Group D, and there have been suggestions that they will actually even struggle to progress to the last 16.
However, hope springs eternal....