England saw off a determined Peru side 3-0 at Wembley as they now head to Brazil for the upcoming World Cup. However, they did not have everything their own way against the South American, though Sturridge's stunning strike and two late efforts from corners saw home fans able to say goodbye to the Group D side in positive fashion.
The two countries had not played for over 50 years and it was Peru's first trip to England. They came out clearly inspired and for the opening 20 minutes, Peru were the better side. Only some quality goalkeeping from Joe Hart and some plucky defending kept Peru off the scoreboard. The tide would slowly turn though.
Coach Roy Hodgson went with a strong line-up as the Three Lions in the first of three warm-up games ahead of Brazil 2014. The home side grabbed the lead in the 33rd minute through a bit of Daniel Sturridge class. He cut inside on his left and curled a perfectly placed shot high into the far corner of the net. A wonderful goal for sure.
England bossed the possession from there as the Peru resolve slowly began to ebb. Two second half goals from set pieces would provide the 3-0 final scoreline. In the 65th Gary Cahill rose and headed home a corner kick. A few minutes later Phil Jagielka slid home another corner kick that Peru keeper Raul Fernandez could not handle.
The 3-0 score acceptable, but not as good as will be needed in Brazil for sure. Peru are average competition at best and had not played together in months. England now head to the United States for their final two warmup matches facing Ecuador and Honduras next week. They'll open World Cup play against powerful Italy on June 14th before playing Urugauy on the 19th. England close group play with Costa Rica on the 24th.