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Preview: England v Peru

30 May 2014

England take on Peru at Wembley Stadium on Friday 30th May in the first of their three FIFA World Cup warm-up games, and their final match before flying out to the United States.

The Three Lions, who face Italy in their opening World Cup match in two weeks' time, are up against a South American side who finished seventh out of nine teams in the COMNEBOL qualification, and as such will not be in Brazil.

Ahead of their trip to Wembley, they are without a victory in their past six international matches.

England beat Denmark 1-0 back in March, but were defeat 2-0 by Chile and 1-0 by Germany before that.

Team news

While Roy Hodgson will want to test some of his fringe players in the 23-man World Cup squad before finalising those names on Monday, the England boss will also want to get some vital minutes into his starting XI and piece his squad together.

However he will definitely be without 18-year-old left-back Luke Shaw who is ill. Previous injury concerns include Phil Jagielka (hamstring), Phil Jones (shoulder) and Jack Wilshere (foot) but the trio are all expected to be in contention for the match at Wembley.

Peru's manager Pablo Bengoechea has chosen a young squad for his first game in charge of the national side. Jefferson Farfan is injured - one of four of their most well-known players not to be included. The other three to miss out are Bayern Munich striker Claudio Pizarro, Fiorentina winger Juan Manuel Vargas and Corinthians' Paolo Guerrero.

Watch out for...

England's midfield.

With captain Steven Gerrard likely to play a deep midfield role, like he did so effectively for Liverpool this season, it's worth keeping an eye on England's midfield. Hodgson could opt for another anchoring midfielder alongside Gerrard, allowing three more attacking players, or go for a straight four across the middle. One thing's for sure, he has options.

Jean Deza

Having picked a young squad, coach Bengoechea is likely to hand a debut to young forward Jean Deza. The 20-year-old spent time on loan at Montpellier at the end of last season, and has a handful of caps at under-21 level.

Head-to-Head

England - ranked 11th in the latest FIFA World Rankings - are facing a Peru side who sit 42nd in the world, joint with Cape Verde.

These sides have met twice before, winning one match each. Peru were 4-1 winners in May 1959 before England struck revenge three years later, coming through 4-0. Both of those fixtures were played in Peru.

England haven't lost a warm-up match for an international tournament since May 1990, winning 14 and drawing eight.

In the Media

Roy Hodgson: "This game is a little bit strange. We have done so much focusing on so many things we wanted to establish for when we go to Miami next week and the real countdown for our matches in Brazil begins, that this game suddenly seems to have come out of nowhere."

Pablo Bengoechea: "We are very much aware of all England's young players. In South America there is coverage of the Premier League during the week and certainly every weekend so we are very much aware of those players."


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