Henderson gets chance to stake England World Cup claim against Peru

WEMBLEY START: Jordan Henderson will start for England in tonight's friendly against Peru

WEMBLEY START: Jordan Henderson will start for England in tonight's friendly against Peru

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JORDAN HENDERSON will hope to stake his claim for a place in England's World Cup starting line-up when Roy Hodgson's side play their opening warm-up game against Peru this evening.

Henderson, who is hoping to become the first Wearsider to play in a World Cup finals, will start in midfield as England play their only home friendly ahead of the tournament in Brazil.

The former Sunderland midfielder will play alongside Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard at the base of midfield as Hodgson tries out the 4-2-3-1 formation he is expected to field at the World Cup.

Adam Lallana and Danny Welbeck will play on either flank, with Wayne Rooney expected to start in a withdrawn role behind Daniel Sturridge.

Welbeck's selection is an interesting one, as it suggests the Manchester United forward is ahead of Liverpool's Raheem Sterling in the pecking order.

ENGLAND (4-2-3-1): Hart; Johnson, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines; Gerrard, Henderson; Lallana, Rooney, Welbeck; Sturridge.

Subs: Foster (gk), Forster (gk), Wilshere, Lampard, Smalling, Milner, Lambert, Sterling, Barkley, Stones, Flanagan.

PERU (5-3-2): Fernandez; Ramos, Rodriguez, Callens, Cruzado, Advincula; Carrilo, Yotun, Ballon; Ramirez, Deza.

Subs: Forsyth (gk), Gallese (gk), Gambetta, Hurtado, Ruidiaz, Velarde, Saavedra, Flores, Riojas.

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