England manager Roy Hodgson has stated that he is extremely happy with the performances of his place in the recent friendly match against Peru. A couple of players like Phil Jones had to be withdrawn from the matchday squad, but they are expected to be part of the squad that flies to World Cup 2014. The Manchester United defender suffered a slight injury, but Hodgson’s assumption is that the problem will not be serious. Another player suffering from a problem is Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who felt a slight strain in his calf.
On the pitch, it was more positive news for the national team as they managed a 3-0 win over Peru. After the back-to-back defeats against Chile and Germany in a couple of friendlies back in November, England have returned to form with two consecutive wins over Denmark and Peru. They have also not conceded any goals in the last two matches, which will be a positive feeling for the national team. Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring for England at the new Wembley in the 32nd minute. Chelsea defender Gary Cahill and Everton defender Phil Jagielka scored between five minutes of each other to give England a resounding win in the second half.
“They could have played tonight but we thought it would be better for them to do an extra day’s training. The most important thing for us was to come through it unscathed, injury-wise. It was a wonderful send-off to the World Cup by a quite incredible crowd. We had to be patient but we were dominant throughout. It is the perfect end to a perfect two weeks,” said Hodgson after the win over Peru. The team will be taking on Ecuador and Honduras in the final two friendly matches before the tournament opening match against Italy.