F365's England v Peru Player Ratings

Despite cruising to a 3-0 win against Peru, England didn't show a great deal to support Matt Stanger's view that they'll get out of the group. He's waiting to judge Wayne Rooney...

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Joe Hart
Had to be alert - which isn't what England fans hoped to hear against Peru - but responded convincingly to sporadic danger. Bigger tests await, but there are encouraging signs that Hart has returned to his best following a winter of discontent.


Glen Johnson

Eager to get forward and solid in defence, for the most part, when required. Johnson found Adam Lallana with an incisive through-ball in the first half that led to a good opportunity, but allowed another promising break to fall apart because of a lapse of concentration. He's the best England have at right-back despite what Paul Scholes might think.


Phil Jagielka

Only his third match in three months, but Jagielka looked close to full fitness in an assured performance that also brought his third England goal. There is a worry over the 31-year-old's lack of pace - which could be ruthlessly exploited by Luis Suarez on June 19 - but quicker options Jones and Chris Smalling simply haven't done enough to dislodge Jagielka from the first XI.


Gary Cahill

Was involved in a nervy moment in the opening stages when Luis Ramirez shoved him towards Hart as he shepherded the ball back to the keeper, recalling memories of the incident with Dries Mertens that caused him to miss Euro 2012 with a broken jaw. After that, Cahill had little to do, although there were several anxious moments when Peru were allowed to sneak in behind England's defence. Showed good movement in the box to score his fourth goal for the national team.


Leighton Baines

Demonstrated a typical willingness to support the attack and linked up well with Wayne Rooney whenever the striker wandered out to the left. Those who questioned Ashley Cole's omission point to his superior defending ability, with doubts over Baines' reliability encouraged by his mistake in the 2-0 defeat to Chile in November. Friday was not an occasion to extinguish those fears owing to Peru's lack of threat down the right.


Steven Gerrard

The birthday boy was on the receiving end of a crunching challenge in the first half that left the nation holding its breath, and delivered retribution soon after to pick up a booking. As Paul Scholes said, "If there's an injury to Gerrard, nobody jumps out to replace him." Wrap the captain in cotton wool until June 14.


Jordan Henderson

Neat and tidy in a role described by the unfortunately irrepressible Clive Tyldesley as 'Gerrard's minder'. Henderson wasn't able to make the bursting forward runs that often play an important role in Liverpool's attack - such as his display in the 5-0 win over Tottenham in December - but he was busy and assured in his 90 minutes. Attempted 114 passes (completing 104), which was 49 more than any of his teammates.


Adam Lallana

An early slaloming run brought a chance for Daniel Sturridge that the striker dragged wide, and Lallana maintained his eagerness to run in behind the defence throughout his 73 minutes. Although selected on the flank, the 26-year-old played inside the full-back, mirroring Welbeck's role on the left. Those who cry for width every time they watch England may have to accept a narrow shape in Brazil.


Danny Welbeck

Hodgson expressed his support for Welbeck before kick-off, saying that the forward has always delivered for England despite a season of mixed fortunes at Manchester United. Similar to his impressive performances for United against Bayern Munich, Welbeck was an excellent option for England on the counter-attack but was guilty of losing the ball too cheaply on several occasions. He was given a late run in his favoured centre-forward position but will have to accept doing the dog work in Brazil. His incredible energy will be crucial.


Wayne Rooney

Played in the No.10 role that caused him to question his Manchester United future under Sir Alex Ferguson, but seemed happy to take on the team's creative responsibility. Despite missing the last three games of the season with a groin injury, Rooney looked bright in the early stages, constantly showing for the ball to assist his teammates. He tired in the second half and only managed a single shot (off-target), but let's wait to judge his contribution until he's fully fit.


Daniel Sturridge

Wow. What a strike. We'll be delighted if Sturridge repeats his stunning effort in Manaus in two weeks, but there are other areas of his game that demand improvement. The striker lost the ball several times through poor control or hesitation but, to his credit, he always fought to recover it. The 24-year-old has seemingly won the battle to be England's No.9 - let's hope he proves he deserves it.


Subs


Jack Wilshere (for Gerrard, 64)

Only his third match since the start of March, but Wilshere showed several cute touches and almost played in James Milner in the closing stages. Will be disappointed to have lost his place to Henderson.


Raheem Sterling (for Rooney, 66)

It was perhaps a surprise that Sterling was left on the bench following the clamour for the winger to start, but his injection of pace could be a key asset in the final 20 minutes of England's Group D games against Italy and Uruguay. Won the corner from which Jagielka scored England's third and is likely to be given a bigger role in one or both of England's next two warm-up games.


James Milner (for Lallana, 73)

Useful, like a spatula.


Chris Smalling (for Jagielka, 73)

Nice goatee.


John Stones (for Baines, 75)

The first of many England games for the 20-year-old.


Ross Barkley (for Sturridge, 82)

Will have to settle for a back-up role in Brazil, despite Didi Hamann saying the Everton man would start for Germany.

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