England and Peru last met in 1962 with a Tottenham striker leading a 4-0 Lion’s victory.
Wembley Stadium hosts England’s first World Cup warm up against Peru tonight.
It will be the first time the countries have met in 52 years and Roy’s boys will be aiming to emulate the heroics of that previous performance.
The game was held in Lima as a warm up for the impending 1962 World Cup in Chile.
Spurs’ striker Jimmy Greaves hit a first half hat-trick – one of six hat-tricks scored for his country over an eight year international career. Wolves’ midfielder Ron Flowers converted a penalty, too, giving England a comfortable 4-0 win.
West Ham legend Bobby Moore won the first of his 108 caps, going on to lift the 1966 World Cup as England captain four years later. Manchester United legend and England’s leading all-time goal scorer Bobby Charlton also featured.
England’s World Cup performance, however, wasn’t as emphatic.
“Exasperating” was the word used by The Times to describe England’s 0-0 group game against Bulgaria. They added, “England lapsed into their old faults - inaccurate passing and, finally, aimless running with the ball. England's future progress is unbelievable on this form.”
After finishing second in their group behind Hungary, they were eliminated by eventual champions Brazil in the quarter finals.
Let’s hope tonight’s performance can match that of their historical compatriots. Much like then, England will be attempting to find the right balance of competitive experience and youthful exuberance.
Although debutants aren’t expected, many emerging talents will hope to emulate Moore’s successful international inception.
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