England 3-0 Peru
I think you would say it was a case of 'job done' for England against Peru at Wembley on Friday night with us running out 3-0 winners at Wembley.
In all honesty I was only 'half watching' as I was also catching up with an old friend on the night but we dealt with most of the threat that Peru offered up, which with all due respect was always likely to be minimal, pretty well.
That did not mean that Hart did not have to make a few 1st half saves, as he did.
Sturridge should have put us ahead when the ball came to him at the end of a run from Lallana but his effort across goal was always bending away from it before the Liverpool man did open the scoring in stunning fashion. After holding off two defenders he then curled into the top corner just past the half hour.
Ramirez, just before half time, forced Hart into another save but at the break it was so far so good.
Peru came out positive in the 2nd half with Hart almost caught out by an ambitious Deza effort, this did have him scrabbling back but this landed on the roof of the net with Jagielka then bailing Johnson out with a good covering challenge after his mistake.
As usually happens in friendlies the 2nd half, and the second half of the half in particular, led to changes being made with Gerrard being one of the first, if not the first, to be withdrawn.
Shortly after that change also came a change in the scoreline as it became 2-0 to England with Cahill getting above everyone else to head home powerfully from a Baines delivered corner.
It was not long after that another goal came our way too...
Another Baines corner saw Peru goalie Fernandez make a hash of his attempted claim, he only managed to fumble the ball to Jagielka with Cahill's defensive partner left with the simple task of tapping home into an empty net to make it 3-0.
More changes followed with the game petering out in the end but like I said early on in this piece England did what they had to do. There was little to no reason to do too much more with us making sure we left English soil for America, and our Miami base ahead of Brazil with a win.
We should not get too carried away by this win, but at the same time we should not play down the importance of the pitch-time many got and morale boosting nature of the win.
Challenges will be far greater at the world cup but Hodgson should have learned a few things with his starting XI on the night likely to be quite close to what it will be against England in a couple of weeks time.
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