LONDON: England overcame some stubborn resistance from a well-organised defensive Peru side before sealing a comfortable 3-0 win in their last home World Cup warm-up match at Wembley yesterday.
England head off to their final training camp in Miami boosted by an excellent opener from Daniel Sturridge after 32 minutes which lit up a lifeless first half.
Two second-half goals from set-pieces by central defenders Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka gave England a deserved win in the first match between the two countries since they last met 52 years ago just before the 1962 World Cup in Chile.
Peru, who failed to reach this year’s finals in Brazil after a poor campaign in the South American qualifiers, defended well and Jean Deza stood out in midfield with a solid performance, forcing England goalkeeper Joe Hart into two good saves.
He also had a 40-metre shot that swirled and dipped and just went over the bar.
“It was a wonderful send off to the World Cup by a quite incredible crowd,” England manager Roy Hodgson told ITV.
“We had to be patient but we were dominant throughout. It is the perfect end to a perfect two weeks. I am delighted that 85,000 fans came here to wish us well on our way.
“When you play against teams with 10 men behind the ball you have to be patient but I had no doubt we would win.
In Santiago, Barcelona striker Alexis Sanchez set up all three goals as Chile fought back from 2-0 down to beat Egypt 3-2 in their penultimate World Cup warm-up match.
The Chileans, who play Australia in their World Cup opener on June 13, fell behind to two early goals on the counter-attack.
First, Mohamed Salah broke free down the left after 12 minutes and drilled a shot high into the Chilean net.
Four minutes later, Khaled Kamar did the same down the right, beating the Chilean offside trap and chipping goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to double Egypt’s lead.
On 26 minutes, he surged down the right and fired in a low cross for Marcelo Diaz, who teed the ball up with his first touch before volleying home off the far post.
On the hour mark, Sanchez drifted in from the right flank and lofted the ball over the visiting defence for Eduardo Vargas, whose right-foot shot brought Chile level.
With 12 minutes to play, Sanchez split the Egyptian defence with an inch-perfect pass for Vargas to stroke home his second of the night.
After Australia, Chile face Spain and the Netherlands in what is widely regarded as the toughest group in the finals in Brazil.
Before that, Jorge Sampaoli’s side host Northern Ireland in the port city of Valparaiso on Wednesday in their final warm-up match. In other match , Striker Edin Dzeko scored a double to lead Bosnia to a 2-1 win over Ivory Coast in an international friendly in Missouri.
Dzeko scored once each half to give Bosnia a 2-0 lead before Didier Drogba scored a late consolation goal for Ivory Coast, Africa’s highest ranked national team.
With both teams having qualified for World Cup, the match gave both sides a chance to limber up with little pressure. REUTERS