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England v Peru probable lineups

It seems Roy Hodgson opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation against Peru tonight in London, with Rooney playing behind the lone striker Daniel Sturridge. This could mean that the 4-3-3 concept, in which England looked much more potent, is abandoned and that Hodgdon will take the safer option for the three World Cup matches. This match in particular is preparation for the match against Italy, and a similar or identical lineup may be expected against the Italians.

The defensive line is as expected, with Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka occupying the central positions. Glen Johnson is on the right, and Leighton Baines is on the left. Young Southampton fullback Luke Shaw caught a cold so he'll miss this match, and when healthy, he seems to be the first option for the left fullback.

Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson will occupy the defensive midfield position. It is not Henderson's natural role so it remains to be seen how will he perform and will he earn a regular starting spot.

Adam Lallana seems to have matured into a certain starter for England, and will be playing on the right wing this time after being on the left against Denmark in March, while Danny Welbeck will be on the left side. Wayne Rooney will be at the centre, with Daniel Sturridge as the only designated striker. Wayne Rooney therefore again seems to be wasted in the midfield role, and there was also no room for Raheem Sterling in the starting lineup.

Expect England to look better when Hodgson starts making substitutions. Someone should have told Hodgson the main player in a 4-2-3-1 formation is the number 10, the playmaker, and he doesn't have one in the squad. 4-3-3 was the better option for England.

Peru, ranked 43 on the FIFA ranking table, don't have any stars in the squad and are normally using a 4-2-2-2 or a 4-3-3 formation. Claudio Pizarro, the Bayern striker, won't be in the squad, and three more players from top European leagues are missing - Jefferson Farfan from Schalke, Juan Manuel Vargas from Fiorentina and Carlos Zambrano from Eintracht Frankfurt. Striker Paolo Guerrero is also absent due to injury, so Peru will be fielding a very weakened squad at Wembley tonight.

After this match Roy Hodgson will decide on his 23-man World Cup squad, due in two days, and after that the team is departing for Miami for final World Cup preparation phase before kicking off the World Cup campaign in Manaus against Italy.

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