Raheem Sterling hoping to land England World Cup spot on Friday
Sterling has impressed Roy Hodgson in training and looks set to start for the Three Lions against Peru
May 27th, 2014
Raheem Sterling wasn’t in anyone’s England 23-man squad a year ago, although the Liverpool winger has had a brilliant season in a Liverpool shirt and was a virtual shoo-in when Roy Hodgson announced his players for Brazil a fortnight ago.
Sterling is now eyeing a starting berth when England line up against Italy on 14 June, with the 19-year-old set to line up against Peru on Friday night where he could potentially operate on the tip of a four-man midfield or alternatively play out wide.
The Guardian report that the England manager is giving serious consideration to starting with Sterling against the Azzurri despite his lack of experience, having performed very well against Denmark in March.
It appears that Hodgson will deploy a 4-2-3-1 formation against the Peruvians, with Sterling and Adam Lallana on opposite wings, while Wayne Rooney will sit behind Daniel Sturridge in attack.
The Three Lions boss is hoping to see Sturridge and Rooney work in tandem, admitting that England fans are yet to see them click into gear.
“We haven’t really seen it [Rooney and Sturridge playing together for England],” acknowledged the manager. “We saw it for 20 minutes before Daniel got injured, in the game against Republic of Ireland.
“We’ve seen an awful lot of the Sturridge/[Luis] Suárez partnership, but not a lot of the Rooney/Sturridge partnership because they simply haven’t had a lot of time to play together.
“Now’s our chance. This week we start to move away from the bigger focus on fitness and getting people in the right shape, to tactical preparation. That’s when the partnerships will start to develop. It won’t just be Rooney/Sturridge, we will be working on Welbeck and Lambert as well.
“I think it’s too early to start making big bold statements and judgments on the Rooney/Sturridge partnership being X or Y, because we haven’t seen enough of it.”