LIVE BLOG: England v Peru


In the build up to Brazil, England are at a cross roads – one which has seen them saddled with negative expectations and doubts from every corner of the Three Lions ethos.  This will be a defining World Cup for not only manager Roy Hodgson, but for the young English players he has included.  Will England start down the path of forming a new identity or will they just find another way to come up well short of the mark – today’s pre-World Cup friendly against Peru will start to unlock some of the answers.

Legendary left-back Ashley Cole was forced to make way for Luke Shaw and Hodgson's youth movement. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Legendary left-back Ashley Cole was forced to make way for Luke Shaw and Hodgson’s youth movement. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

On tap for during the match will be the following major topics of discussion;

- The inclusion of Danny Welbeck into tonight’s starting XI and if his selection over Raheem Sterling is warranted

- Should Wayne Rooney remain a vital piece of the England puzzle or should Roy Hodgson begin to look elsewhere

- Can and should England look to replicate the attacking set-up of Liverpool

- What England should look to take away from today’s friendly

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Poll

Should Danny Welbeck Start in the World Cup?

  • No, but he'll be a great asset off the bench (67%, 2 Votes)
  • No, and he should never play (33%, 1 Votes)
  • Yes (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 3

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Tags: 2014 World Cup England Live Blog Soccer

76 Comments on LIVE BLOG: England v Peru

  1. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Hello and welcome! WeAreHooligans is happy to bring you co-editors Drew and Young as they hangout with you for England’s first pre-World Cup friendly as they take on Jefferson Farfan and Peru. As usual we will have original polls, tweets, and any topic you as the fans would like to bring to the discussion table.

  2. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Even though I am speaking to Young through other channels as well, somehow, he is not here – feel free to ridicule him if you must

  3. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    Welbeck shouldn’t be starting. He’s not a terrible player (he’d be serviceable for smaller clubs), but he isn’t good enough to warrant a starting spot on the England national team. I don’t know what Roy Hodgson is thinking, but I have a bad feeling Welbeck will be favored over Raheem Sterling by the World Cup.

    Welbeck should be on the bench and serve as a spark of energy more than anything else.

    • Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

      OH, THERE HE IS! And I do agree however, Welbeck’s best role at United this season was off the bench – his pace was crucial late on in creating chances as well as finding space behind a tired back-line

    • Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

      One of the best ways to maximize the output from Sturridge is to play Sterling as well…they’re on a telepathic level at Liverpool currently

  4. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    On a side note, I am rather disappointed that Jefferson Farfan is not starting for Peru – FOR SHAME!!

    • Young Kim Young Kim says:

      Seriously!? For shame! He’s too important to leave out for Peru…unless Peru is experimenting for the World C…oh wait Peru isn’t in the World Cup. What mockery is this!

      • Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

        Complete and utter hog wash if you ask me, but I suppose they have no reason to play him – such an entertaining player though….he will definitely be missed from proceedings tonight

  5. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    Rooney has been a disappointment to the England national team after a great showing in the 2004 Euros, but there’s a good reason to hope that he will show up in the World Cup. It’s his last World Cup while he’s in his prime and I doubt that he’ll be dumb enough to piss that chance away. Rooney will step up as a leader and make some key contributions at the tournament.

    • Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

      I loath him for the national team and his track record screams other wise, but this is surely his last chance to prove his doubters wrong. Should he have a lackluster tournament, I would not be shocked if he finds himself on the outs for Euro 2016 qualifying

  6. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Hey Young – how much lambasting will I have to suffer from you if Baines puts in a howler tonight? Will you never stop the Ashley Cole campaign if that occurred? lol

  7. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    And Welbeck already turned possession over with a heavy touch – par for the course from that man

  8. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    By all accounts, if this 4-2-3-1 fails horrendously against the likes of Peru, I really hope Hodgson feels the pressure breathing down his neck to shift to a 4-4-2 diamond with Sterling starting at the top of the diamond.
    Roy Hodgson if, by the grace of God, you’re reading this live blog please look at this link and consider your decision to make England play like Liverpool!!!
    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/05/11/upshot/up-soccer-table.html

    • Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

      I do not think 4-4-2 with the diamond midfield would work, I do, however, put my full support behind a shift to a 4-3-3 in the mold of Liverpool, I think that would be far more effective – the diamond leaves the back-line too exposed, for my taste at least

  9. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    Not going to lie, every Adam Lallana ball touch is just a joy to watch. I swear he must have some Brazilian blood in his ancestry.

    • Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

      Hahaha French actually (though yes I understand the quip) – he’s a fantastic player on the ball, I hope he shines through this summer. On a side note, Peru’s movement off the ball is giving England issues early on…

  10. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    Whoa! Ramirez needs to watch where he puts that hand. Almost violated Cahill there.

  11. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Considering he plays for Chelsea and partnered Terry in the back, something tells me he may not have complained necessarily

  12. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Welbeck’s skill-set reminds me of Luis Mendoza from Mighty Ducks 2 – all the speed in the world…aaaaaand then not much else

    • Young Kim Young Kim says:

      That was the most accurate analogy Welbeck I’ve ever heard in my life. Hats off to your Mighty Ducks reference

  13. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    How could I not go there? You just…have to when the time calls for it lol

  14. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Welp – so far, England have not done much to shut the doubters up..pedestrian at best so far

  15. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Has anyone seen one Wayne Rooney? I think we need to ring the Wembley PA office and put out a missing persons inquiry forthwith

  16. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Awful from Rooney there…awful…

  17. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    GREAT RUN BY LALLANA!!!! But Sturridge must have finished that!!

  18. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    WHAT…A…RUN…FROM…LALLANA…Sturridge needs to convert that if he hopes to lead the line this summer…hate to say it, but if that’s Lambert, it’s 1-0

  19. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Peru, to their credit, are holding their own rather well…

  20. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Young – thoughts on how England have or have not found that cohesion we’re looking for?

  21. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    There’s been some promising signs of England’s cohesion, but everything just dies the moment Rooney touches the ball. In the meantime, where the heck is Welbeck?

    • Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

      Both Welbeck and Rooney have done next to nothing – bring Barkley and Sterling on at the half for the love of all that is sacred and holy in this world! – Lallana’s run earlier showed how England will break Peru down and also draw fouls as well – as it stands right now, this is awful

  22. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Sturridge!!!!!

  23. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    OOOH WHAT BEAUTIFUL STRIKE BY STURRIDGE!!!

  24. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    My word what a finish – that’s exactly what he needs to do this summer…run at the defense, look for that inch of space and get a shot on frame…pleasing stuff that…

  25. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    I’d give Sturridge the green light and tell him to take as many shots as he wants. That left foot was just amazing.

  26. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Cannot score unless you shoot – if he’s anywhere near the goal with a decent look at it, have him pull the trigger

  27. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    Say Drew, what’s your thought on Gerrard’s performance thus far?

  28. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    I mean, much like most of the XI out there – pedestrian. Gerrard is one of many big-name English players that underwhelms for the national team…he needs to raise his level of play by a few ticks on the meter for me, but if anyone can switch on, it’s him

  29. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Poor finishing by Peru there…even poorer marking and communication by England’s back-four…they won’t get away with that against Italy and Uruguay

  30. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    HT – despite the Sturridge goal and the one swashbuckling run by Lallana, England has produced little…and to be honest, I am not surprised…as you said Young, the cohesion is showing some signs of life, but certain personnel are just not showing that their inclusion was warranted. Rooney and Welbeck have done little to nothing especially.

  31. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    Sturridge’s goal is more attributed to his talent than the team itself. Aside from Lallana and Henderson, everyone else is hardly contributing anything. Welbeck and Rooney must come off!

    • Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

      Definitely agree – more directness is needed…Barkley on for Rooney, Sterling on for Welbeck and let it take effect…maybe even remove Gerrard as well…

  32. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    So far, England lack the movement in the final third to be a real threat…not enough energy around the pitch…they just are not playing the Premier League way…it’s incredibly frustrating to witness…AGAIN…

  33. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    Oh blimey, Rooney is still in!

  34. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    NO CHANGES AT THE HALF?! – sensory overload achieved…

  35. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    I’m going on record…if Farfan was featuring today, no way this would not be 1-1 by now

  36. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Ladies and gentlemen…Welbeck’s complete lack of anything…

  37. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    England need life…NOW…did Hodgson take a page out of the Arsene Wenger school of substitutions and man-management?

  38. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    They should sub out Welbeck or Rooney for that paper airplane. More energythan both combined.

  39. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Jack Wilshere on, Gerrard off…right call for me…

  40. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    STERLING IS COMING IN!!! YES YES YES!!!

  41. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    Brilliant goal by Gary Cahill. At least England to get off those marvelous set pieces.

  42. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    2-0…Cahill…flattering scoreline if you ask me though…but well taken by the Chelsea man

  43. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Sterling on for Rooney – let’s see what the lad can do here…

  44. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    Rooney is unaware that the Audience is screaming “boo” not “Roo”

  45. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    England’s Centerbacks – 2
    Manchester United – 0

  46. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Jagielka makes it 3-0…poor goalkeeping however – but at least the CB’s know where to find the net…

  47. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Smalling and Milner on for Jagielka and Lallana…still no Barkley – cue head explosion…

  48. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Youngster John Stones is given his first England appearance now..Baines removed…

  49. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    Drew, I know Barkley has made some incredible goals this season, but what strengths does he possess that makes him such a valuable player?

    • Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

      He’s such a complete player – he’s one of the best technical players England have, he has deceptive amounts of pace, he’s hard to dispossess when on the ball and he has his shooting boots on from 25-yards and up…but most importantly, he’s another direct player, not afraid to beat the opposition on the dribble, something most England players just do not or will not do – Tim Cahill was once quoted in saying that Barkley was the best player he EVER trained with, and that he truly felt he was England’s next superstar..the kid has the tools to be that level of good

  50. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    FINALLY!!!!!

  51. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    Barkley on – Sturridge off

  52. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    Barkley on for Sturridge? Interesting

  53. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    That play just shows how marvelous a Sterling and Barkley start would be

    • Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

      Dietmar Hamann is of the opinion that the pair of them would make it into Germany’s team right now, he thinks they are that good – interesting analysis if you ask me

  54. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    Hart
    Johnson, Jagielka, Cahill, Baines
    Henderson, Gerrard
    Lallana, Barkley, Sterling
    Sturridge

    That should be the starting XI

  55. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    I’d take that into any war for sure – that XI is the strongest England can field if you ask me…though i still question Johnson…I’d rather have Kyle Walker when he’s fully fit honestly

  56. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    3-0 final score…completely flattering. England were incredibly pedestrian, few players that started the match impressed…Sterling and Barkley came on and were a massive upgrade…Henderson did quite well for the duration of the match

  57. Young Kim Young Kim says:

    Even if no goal was scored in 80+, England played their best football in that period of time.

    I really hope Hodgson gets it in his head that England has to play that Starting XI I just posted up.

    Rooney was sweating buckets when he came off the pitch. I’m pretty sure he’s out of shape and can’t imagine how the brutal Brazilian heat will kill him. Care to place odds on whether Rooney will pass out from a heat stroke in the World Cup?

    • Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

      Pretty sure? He’s not even close to being fit at all…he just does not deserve to start, he never does anything in an England shirt, but is somehow always complete magic for United…it cannot be deemed acceptable any longer if England are to do much of anything.

      Hodgson has to get ballsy if England are to do anything, and I completely agree with the XI you listed above…enough is enough honestly…

      Am not taking that bet on Rooney, as it’s a guarantee for me – anyone ever think that Paul Scholes’ assessment was bang on the money?

  58. Drew Thompson Drew Thompson says:

    That’s it from us today – Live Blog will return this weekend on Sunday for the USMNT v Turkey. If possible, we will be doing one for Netherlands v Ghana as well. Thanks all and good night!