Following England’s 1-0 victory over Denmark on Wednesday evening (March 5th), manager Roy Hodgson admitted that he now has a “selection headache” as he prepares to choose which players to take to the World Cup in Brazil this summer, and which to leave behind.
With the tournament now fast approaching, the team only has one more friendly match at home before heading off to South America, so if you’d like to see your heroes in action as they prepare for the big event then you’ve one last chance to do so.
The Three Lions will be taking on Peru at Wembley Stadium on May 30th, with Hodgson having insisted on a South American opponent for England’s final home warm-up match.
Having lost their last game against a side from that particular continent – a 2-0 home defeat against Chile back in November – the team will be keen to show that they can cut the mustard against this type of opponent, and many players will be playing for their World Cup place.
Indeed, by the time the match rolls around, Hodgson will already have named his provisional 30-man squad for the tournament, although he will then have to cut this number down to just 23, so it’s likely that the game against Peru will be a major factor in his decision.
Therefore, while the match may be no more than a friendly, for many of the players it will in fact carry a lot of significance, and putting in a good performance will be vital.
Players such as Southampton’s Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana, as well as Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson, for example, have forced their way into Hodgson’s thinking recently but will be keen to cement their place on the plane to Brazil.
Wembley Stadium seats just under 90,000 spectators and is just 15 minutes from the Montcalm Hotel on the Jubilee Line. Tickets for the match are currently on sale via the FA’s website.