Hodgson believes England's World Cup preparation has been perfect

Hodgson believes England's World Cup preparation has been perfect
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Hodgson believes England's World Cup preparation has been perfect
Hodgson believes England's World Cup preparation has been perfect

England manager Roy Hodgson believes his side’s 3-0 win over Peru has given them the perfect preparation ahead of this summer’s World Cup.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge gave the hosts the lead in spectacular style after 32 minutes, before Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka converted Leighton Baines corners to secure the win.

Hodgson was delighted with the support for the team at Wembley and believes the send-off was fitting as the team now fly out to Miami to play international friendlies against Ecuador and Honduras, before heading to Brazil to play their opening Group D fixture against Italy on June 14.

"It is the perfect end to a perfect two weeks. It was a wonderful send-off to the World Cup by a quite incredible crowd,” Hodgson told Sky Sports.

"It didn't look as if it would be too comfortable in the first half, but as soon as Daniel [Sturridge] scored that wonderful goal the game wasn't in doubt.

"To do it in front of 85,000 people was a great send-off, the atmosphere was a vote of confidence.

"When you play against teams with 10 men behind the ball you have to be patient but I had no doubt we would win."

Hodgson also calmed nerves regarding Leighton Baines’ injury scare, confirming that England had no concerns and the defender was replaced by Everton team-mate John Stones in the second half merely as a precaution.

"The most important thing for us was to come through it unscathed, injury-wise," he added.

"[Taking Baines off] was caution on our part. He could have continued but the game was over."

The manager also revealed that Luke Shaw, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Phil Jones would play a part in England’s mid-week friendly against Ecuador.

"They'll play on Wednesday [against Ecuador].

"They could have played tonight, but I determined they'd start the game on Tuesday and we had a lot of subs on the bench. We thought we'd give them another day's training."

Hodgson was quick to defend striker Wayne Rooney who was replaced after 66 minutes following a difficult performance in front of goal.

"I was happy with Wayne Rooney's performance," he said.

"Rooney and [Steven] Gerrard are important members of our squad, and 3-0 seemed an opportunity to give younger ones a go. We think [Rooney's] fitness is progressing.

"I don't have any fears in that respect. His attitude and commitment are first class, even in a game of this nature. He has two more weeks to keep that going. I'm very pleased with the options I've got in my strike force."

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