England Won’t Have To Be At Best To Beat Peru
England To Win Both Halves
Saints full back Luke Shaw has been suffering from a cold and might have to sit out the start of England’s international friendly against Peru at Wembley on Friday evening while club mates Adam Lallana and Ricky Lambert may also have to settle for a place on the subs bench if Roy Hodgson decides to pick his preferred World Cup eleven.
Wayne Rooney has come in for some criticism from Paul Scholes and England’s first choice striker will be out to prove his former team mate wrong before heading off to Miami to complete preparations for the tournament in Brazil.
Matt Le Tissier tips: “Roy Hodgson is expected to name a strong starting eleven against a relatively inexperienced Peru side which will be without two of its best players, Pizarro and Guerrero. England won’t have to be at their best to beat a side that hasn’t tasted victory for over a year and I expect Rooney, Sturridge and Welbeck to get plenty shooting practice.
The Three Lions are short enough at 2/7 to win but I like Paddy Power’s price of 9/5 England to win both halves.
England got back to winning ways with a 1-0 victory over Denmark in March following back-to-back Wembley defeats against Germany and Chile last November. The losses came as a bit of hangover one month after Roy Hodgson’s side had secured their place in Brazil by winning the final qualifying game 2-0 against Poland.
With the players focused on a good World Cup, it would be a surprise if England fail to win comfortably against their South American visitors who have gone six games without a win. England have two more warm up games against Ecuador and Honduras in Miami before their World Cup campaign kicks off with a Group D match against Italy on 14 June.