England Player Ratings v Peru: Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge shines but Wayne Rooney poor

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England faced Peru in an international friendly at Wembley Stadium with Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge and Leighton Baines of Everton shining. Read player ratings here.

Joe Hart: 7/10

Although England’s defence fell asleep on two occasions as Glen Johnson played Peru players onside, Joe Hart was very alert, racing off his line to cover both times.

The Manchester City man was also on hand when a shot deflected off Johnson’s foot, but was not deceived by the altered trajectory and saved well.

An encouraging and commanding performance – even though he had relatively little to do.

Glen Johnson: 6/10

I feel like I’ve typed this many times before: Glen Johnson was great going forward, a constant outlet on the right flank who is always comfortable in possession. It was the Liverpool man’s hard work pressing Peru’s left back that earned England a throw in high on the right, which he took to club colleague Daniel Sturridge, who fired in a superb strike.

I’ve typed this plenty of times too: Glen Johnson was not particularly brilliant defensively. His timing of the tackle remains excellent, but too often he is caught ball-watching while the rest of the defensive line steps up and ends up playing the runner onside.

Johnson can be both a strength and a weakness for both club and country. England will need to play on the front foot to ensure he proves himself worthwhile.

Leighton Baines: 8/10

In the first half, Leighton Baines played the opposite of a typical Leighton Baines game. He was assured, and slightly conservative in defence in comparison to his usual club performances, but set piece delivery was surprisingly poor early on.

He was only found in the opposition box from the hour mark, but that suggests a maturity and gradual acclimatisation to international football now he is first choice – and perhaps a desire to emulate the stability Ashley Cole provided for the Three Lions before him.

As the Everton left back grew in confidence, his delivery from dead balls improved too – and he assisted both England centre backs from corner kicks in the second half.

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