But there's quiet optimism in the camp at the moment after Roy Hodgson threw his renowned caution to the wind and selected a youthful squad for the World Cup next month.
Tonight’s game at Wembley against Peru provides a suitable opportunity for those young guns to prove that their manager’s faith wasn’t misplaced. Anything other than an easy win versus the South American country ranked 42nd in the world will be disappointing.
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Peru also scored just 17 goals in 16 matches as they finished seventh of nine in failing to qualify for the World Cup, so the more daring punters among you might be keen to buy the time of their first goal at 72.
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